UPDATED: No. 17 Panthers clinch fourth-straight SCAC East Division championship

Jesse Meier
Jesse Meier

ATLANTA—With a 16-2 win today against Oglethorpe, the No. 17 Birmingham-Southern baseball team moved to 12-0 in the SCAC to clinch its fourth-straight East Division championship.

The Panthers, who lead the SCAC East Division standings, move to 28-6 on the season and have won 10 straight games.

BSC scored its first run in the top of the second inning when, after a lead-off triple by senior Jon Walker, sophomore Austin Justice singled up the middle for the RBI.

The Panthers exploded for 12 runs in the next inning, including a grand slam by freshman David Bourbonnais.

Oglethorpe got on the board in the bottom of the third with a single run, then scored its second and final run in the bottom of the fourth.

BSC added two more in the top of the fifth, and wrapped up the scoring in the top of the seventh with one more.

The Panthers recorded 18 total hits, led by Bourbonnais (3-4) and freshman Trey Chambers (3-3). Junior Stephen Denton was also 2-2 and sophomore Ethan Netherton was 2-3. Bourbonnais led with five RBI, all in the third inning.

Senior Jesse Meier started on the mound and got the win, moving to 5-1 on the season. He recorded four strikeouts while allowing nine hits and two earned runs in five innings. Freshman Ryan Hawks and sophomore Ethan Wilkinson also threw one inning apiece.

BSC returns home to finish out the regular season, taking on Piedmont College this Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m., and then hosting a three-game conference series against Millsaps this weekend, with games starting at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.