March 21, 2012

Panthers win 10th straight with 15-5 rout of Hendrix

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern baseball team won its 10th straight game tonight, defeating Hendrix College 15-5 in eight innings at Striplin Field.

The Panthers now stand at 15-5 on the season, while the Warriors fall to 14-8.

Hendrix scored first, going up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, and then added three more in the top of the second. The Warriors' lead was short-lived, however, as the Panthers exploded for six runs in the bottom of the second. After an RBI single from sophomore Austin Justice cut it to 4-1, with two outs on the board a three-run triple from junior Stephen Denton tied things up. Sophomore Evan Grovenstein had an RBI single after that to put the Panthers up 5-4, and an RBI single from junior Bruce Maxwell gave the Panthers what would be the game-winning run.

BSC added two more in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a wild pitch and a fielder's choice RBI from senior Jon Walker to go up 8-4, and another three in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of an RBI double from Maxwell and a two-run home run by Justice, his second of the season.

Hendrix was able to score once more in the top of the seventh before the Panthers ended the game early in the bottom of the eight, scoring on an RBI triple from Justice, an RBI single from sophomore Kevin Shelton, a hit-by-pitch with bases loaded, and a walk with bases loaded, putting BSC up 15-5.

The Panthers recorded 14 total hits, led by Denton and Justice with three apiece. The Warriors tallied nine hits.

Freshman Will Fagan started on the mound and threw 1.2 innings, allowing four hits and four earned runs before junior Blake Yance took over and got the win, moving to 3-0 on the season. He gave up one hit with four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of work. Senior Jesse Meier came in for the next 2.2 innings and allowed two hits and one earned run with two strikeouts, and junior Ethan Wilkinson threw the last 1.1 inning, allowing two hits with one strikeout.

BSC stays at home for a three-game series against Berry College this weekend. Saturday's doubleheader and Sunday's single game both begin at 1:30 p.m. at Striplin Field.