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March 17, 2012

No. 23 Panthers take two from Maryville on the road

MARYVILLE, Tenn.—The 23rd-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team won its sixth- and seventh-straight games today with two victories against Maryville College on the road.

The Panthers won by the scores of 4-2 and 2-1, moving to 12-5 on the season. The three-game series concludes tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern.

Game one saw four-and-a-half scoreless innings before the Scots scored twice in the bottom of the fifth. BSC cut it to 2-1 in the top of the sixth on an RBI double from junior Bruce Maxwell, and an RBI single from sophomore Kevin Shelton in the top of the seventh tied things up 2-2. Maxwell gave BSC the go-ahead runs in the top of the eight with a two-run homer, his fourth of the season. The Panthers held the Scots scoreless in the bottom of the eighth of what was meant to be a seven-inning game, giving BSC the 4-2 win.

Maxwell and senior Jon Walker led BSC with two hits apiece, both going 2-of-4 at the plate. Maxwell led with three RBI.

Freshman Blake Stevens started on the mound and threw 5.1 innings, giving up eight hits and both runs, both earned, with five strikeouts. Sophomore Miles Nordgren came in for the final 2.2 innings and got the win, moving to 2-2 on the season, allowing only one hit with two strikeouts.

In game two, the Panthers scored first, getting both of their runs before Maryville scored its lone run of the game. Freshman Tanner McGill gave BSC its first run in the top of the second on an RBI double, and the game-winner came in the top of the third on a sac-fly from sophomore Evan Grovenstein.

Four different Panthers recorded single hits in the game; both teams tallied four hits each.

Sophomore Lewis Hammond was the pitcher of record, moving to 4-1 after starting and going five innings, giving up two hits and one earned run with five strikeouts. Junior Blake Yance came in for the last two innings and got his second save of the season, allowing two hits with two strikeouts.