Baseball defeats Berry twice

Bruce Maxwell
Bruce Maxwell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Birmingham-Southern won its eleventh- and twelfth-straight games this afternoon at Striplin Field as the Panthers came away with two victories from the visiting Berry Vikings.

The Panther won by the scores of 9-2 and 11-1, pushing to 17-5 on the season. The three-game series concludes tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Junior Bruce Maxwell began the scoring for the Panthers with a solo home run to right field in the bottom of the first. The bottom of the second would see eight more Panther runs cross the plate starting with sophomore Austin Justice scoring from second base off a single from freshman David Bourbonnais. The inning, powered by a total of six Birmingham-Southern hits and aided by two Berry errors, would end when Justice would score from third after a single from sophomore Kevin Shelton.

The nine runs would be more than enough as Panther starter freshman Blake Stevens threw four innings of shutout ball before finally surrendering a run in the fifth with two outs. Freshmen Ryan Hawks and Ben Hession would complete the final two innings of the game giving up only one more run in the sixteenth win on the season for the Panthers. Stevens improved to 3-1 on the season with the BSC victory.

Game two scoring also started in a similar fashion as Maxwell put one over the right field fence to ignite the Panther offense, the only difference being that this solo home run came in the bottom on the fourth.

In the bottom of the fifth the Panthers would tack on two more runs off a single from Maxwell that brought in freshman Tanner McGill. Senior Jon Walker added to the scoring with a single that plated sophomore Evan Grovenstein.

Berry responded in the top of the sixth with a single run to make the score 3-1 after the top of the sixth. The Panthers would add on another run in the seventh and seven more in a home half of the eight fueled by four hits.

Sophomore Lewis Hammond moved to 5-1 on the season, giving up only a run in 5.1 innings of work. Sophomore Miles Nordgren picked up the save throwing over two innings of scoreless ball.