March 4, 2012

Late-game heroics help BSC split doubleheader with Huntingdon

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Junior Stephen Denton delivered an RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning to help No. 23 Birmingham-Southern earn a 2-1 win over Huntingdon College in the nightcap of a doubleheader Sunday at Striplin Field. Huntingdon limited BSC to four hits while claiming a 4-2 win in game one.

The Panthers improved to 6-5 on the season while Huntingdon fell to 11-4.

Huntingdon's Jordan Freeman opened the scoring in game two, belting a solo home run in the second before the Panthers tied the game on an Ethan Netherton RBI single in the fourth.

Evan Grovenstein started the seventh with a single up the middle and moved to second on a Trey Chambers sac-bunt to set up Denton's game-winning double.

BSC starter Blake Stephens struck out eight Huntingdon hitters and yielded one run on five hits through six innings. Blake Yance struck out the side in the top of the seventh to get the win for the Panthers and improve to 2-0.

Parker Adams suffered the loss for Hawks, allowing one run on two hits in the seventh. HC starter Cory Belyeu struck out 10 hitters and allowed one run on four hits in six innings.

Netherton led BSC with two hits in game two while Bruce Maxwell and Walker led the Panthers with two hits apiece in game one.

Game one was scoreless into the fifth inning when the Hawks took a 1-0 lead on a Grant Brown home run to left field.

Birmingham-Southern answered with two in the bottom of the inning to gain a 2-0 lead. Stephen Denton walked and later scored on a failed pickoff attempt and Jon Walker singled and scored on a wild pitch.

Huntingdon scored a run in the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take a 4-2 lead. Tyler Blackwell singled in Evan Agnew in the sixth and a run scored on a balk in the seventh. Agnew singled to start the eighth and scored on a Brown RBI single.

Caleb Cofield (1-0) picked up the game one win in relief of starter Grant Lowman. Cofield pitched four innings with four strikeouts and allowed only two hits. Tyler Spivey worked a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to record his fourth save.

Lewis Hammond (2-1) was the pitcher of record for BSC, allowing three runs on 12 hits with a pair of strikeouts. Miles Nordgren had two strikeouts while giving up a run on three hits over the final three innings.

The Panthers travel to play Millsaps College on Wednesday at 12 p.m. in Jackson, Miss.