No. 12 Baseball splits with Millsaps

Bruce Maxwell

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 12 Birmingham-Southern baseball team split with Millsaps today, suffering its first conference loss of the season. The Majors won the first game, 7-2, and the Panthers rebounded with a 10-3 win in game two.

BSC, who has already clinched the SCAC East Division title and top seed in the East at next weekend's championship, moves to 30-7 overall and 13-1 in the league; the Majors move to 25-13 overall and 9-4 in the SCAC.

In game one, Millsaps scored three runs in the first inning, and BSC answered with two in the bottom of the first courtesy of an RBI single by junior Bruce Maxwell and an RBI from sophomore Austin Justice.

The Majors added another run in the top of the fourth, two more in the top of the sixth, and one more in the top of the seventh to go up 7-2. The Panthers did not record a hit between the first and seventh innings, and were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh of the seven-inning game.

BSC had five hits, each from separate Panthers, while Millsaps recorded nine hits.

Freshman right-hander Blake Stevens started on the mound and took the loss, falling to 5-2 after getting five strikeouts and giving up seven hits and three earned runs in 5.1 innings. Freshman David Bourbonnais and sophomore newcomer Taylor Kent also saw action.

In the second game, BSC went up 3-0 in the first inning on RBI singles from senior Jon Walker and Bourbonnais, and a run scored on an error. The Majors scored one in the top of the second, and another in the top of the fifth to cut it to 3-2.

Maxwell got his 12th home run of the season in the bottom of the fifth to put BSC up 4-2, and a two-RBI single from sophomore Evan Grovenstein in the bottom of the sixth increased the lead to 6-2. A sac-fly by freshman Trey Chambers in the bottom of the seventh added one more run.

The Majors scored their last run of the day in the top of the eighth, and BSC added three more in the bottom of the eighth, courtesy of a wild pitch, an error, and an RBI single from junior Brandon Perry.

BSC recorded eight hits, led by Perry who was 2-2 and Maxwell who was 2-3. Millsaps had 11 hits.

Freshman Paul Caudill started and pitched 4.2 innings, recording four strikeouts and giving up eight hits and two earned runs. Sophomore Miles Nordgren came in for the next three innings and got the win, moving to 7-2 on the season after striking out six battering and allowing three hits and one earned run. Junior Blake Yance and freshman Ryan Hawks finished the game.

The three-game series wraps up tomorrow at 1 p.m.