March 20, 2012

Baseball returns home with 6-1 win against Hendrix

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Thanks to a strong defensive performance, the Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Hendrix College at home, 6-1, Tuesday evening, playing at home for the first time since March 4.

The Panthers move to 14-5 with their ninth straight victory, while the Warriors fall to 14-7.

Tomorrow's game between BSC and Hendrix will begin at 5 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. as originally scheduled.

BSC scored its first two runs in the bottom of the first inning on a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch and an RBI fielder's choice by freshman David Bourbonnais. The Panthers did not score again until the bottom of the fifth on a sac-fly by senior Jon Walker.

Hendrix scored its lone run in the top of the sixth, and BSC answered with another run in the bottom of the sixth, this time an RBI single from sophomore Austin Justice. Junior Brandon Perry put the Panthers up 5-1 in the bottom of the seventh with an RBI single, and Walker wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the eighth with another RBI single.

The Panthers recorded seven total hits, led by junior Bruce Maxwell who was 2-of-3. Walker led with three RBI.

Freshman Paul Cauldill started on the mound and got the win, his first of the season and his collegiate career, allowing three hits and no earned runs with one strikeout in five innings. Sophomore Miles Nordgren threw the next three innings, allowing three hits and one earned run with two strikeouts, and Bourbonnais pitched the final inning, recording one strikeout.