March 25, 2012

Panthers hang on to defeat Berry, 5-4

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Birmingham-Southern baseball team swept the three-game series from Berry with a 5-4 win today at Striplin Field.

The Panthers move to 18-5 and have now won 13 straight games; the Vikings fall to 11-14.

Berry scored one run in the top of the first inning and held the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the third when an RBI single by sophomore Austin Justice tied things up.

The Vikings pulled ahead again in the top of the fifth, scoring on a wild pitch, but the Panthers pulled ahead in the bottom of the sixth with three runs courtesy of an RBI single from sophomore Evan Grovenstein and a two-RBI single from freshman David Bourbonnais.

Berry scored twice in the top of the eighth to cut it to 5-4, but was unable to score again and the Panthers came away with the one-run victory.

Junior Stephen Denton went 4-of-5 at the plate for the Panthers, who recorded 11 total hits to Berry's seven.

Senior Jesse Meier started on the mound and threw five innings, giving up three hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts. Junior Blake Yance pitched the next three innings and got the win to move to 4-0, allowing four hits with one strikeout. Bourbonnais threw the last inning and got the save, his first of the year, striking out all three batters.

BSC is on the road for its next few games, beginning with a trip to Atlanta this Tuesday to face Emory. The Panthers then face Rhodes in Memphis next weekend for a three-game conference series.