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April 10, 2012

No. 17 Panthers hang on to defeat LaGrange, 12-7

LaGRANGE, Ga.—After falling behind early, the No. 17 Birmingham-Southern baseball team came back and hung on to the lead to defeat LaGrange on the road, 12-7, Tuesday evening.

The Panthers move to 25-6 on the season with their seventh straight win; LaGrange falls to 13-19.

LaGrange scored once in the bottom of the first and second innings before BSC got on the board in the top of the third with a single run courtesy of an RBI single from sophomore Evan Grovenstein. LaGrange two more runs in the bottom of the third to go up 4-1 before BSC tied things up in the top of the fourth thanks to RBI singles from freshman Trey Chambers, junior Stephen Denton, and Grovenstein.

BSC took its first lead of the game in the top of the fifth, scoring two runs in the same play on an RBI single by freshman Tanner McGill and a LaGrange error. Another RBI from Chambers put the Panthers up 7-4.

Another RBI from Denton in the top of the seventh put BSC up 8-4, but LaGrange tried to rally in the bottom of the eighth, scoring three to cut it to 8-7. BSC increased its lead in the top of the ninth, however, scoring four more runs on a run walked in, a catcher's interference call, and a two-RBI single by junior Brandon Perry. LaGrange was unable to score again in the bottom of the ninth, and BSC came away with the 12-7 win.

BSC had 18 total hits, led by Chambers who was 3-4, and Grovenstein and freshman David Bourbonnais who were both 3-6.

Five Panther pitchers saw action, with sophomore Miles Nordgren getting the win to move to 4-2 on the season, recording three strikeouts and giving up two hits in three innings. Freshman Ben Hession started on the mound, and sophomore Ralls Pennington, Bourbonnais, and junior Blake Yance also saw action.

The Panthers stay on the road this weekend for a conference series against Oglethorpe in Atlanta.