MILLINGTON, Tenn.—The ninth-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Dallas 6-4 this evening in its first-ever SCAC post-season appearance at the SCAC Baseball Championship in Millington, Tenn.
The Panthers, the top seed in the East Division, move to 32-7 overall. BSC will now face Rhodes, the second seed in the East, tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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Both teams scored twice in the first inning, with BSC's runs coming off a Dallas error. The Panthers went up 4-2 in the third with two RBIs on a single by freshman David Bourbonnais.
The Crusaders cut it to 4-3 in the top of the fourth, but BSC scored twice in the bottom of the fourth on a bases-loaded walk and an RBI from sophomore Austin Justice to go up 6-3.
Dallas scored once more in the top of the ninth.
Blake Stevens, the newly-minted SCAC Freshman-of-the-Year, started on the mound and threw seven innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs with four strikeouts to get the win and move to 6-2 on the season. Sophomore Ralls Pennington pitched the eighth, allowing no hits, and junior Blake Yance threw the ninth for his sixth save of the year.