BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern (7-3) used two eighth inning rallies to earn wins over North Park (0-3) and Transylvania (2-1) Sunday at Striplin Field. The Panthers claimed a 6-5 win over North Park and defeated Transylvania 2-1.
The Vikings had the tying run in scoring position when Blake Yance forced a ground out to end the game and register the save. Yance gave up a run on two hits and had two strikeouts to shutdown the Vikings in the ninth.
Miles Nordgren picked up the win in relief, striking out three batters and giving up a run on three hits. BSC starter Blake Stevens struck out five over five innings while allowing three runs on four hits.
John Necek was the pitcher of record for the Vikings, giving up a run on two hits to fall to 0-1.
The Panthers had 10 hits in the game and were led Taylor McCracken, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI. Evan Grovenstein, Jacob Mayfield, Jeremy Hatley, Bourbonnais, Netherton, Brandon Perry and Tanner McGill had one hit apiece.
BSC scored a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to rally from a 1-0 deficit and earn the 2-1 win over Transylvania. Netherton double down the left field line to start the eighth and scored on a Stephen Denton sac-fly to center field with one out.
Transylvania took a 1-0 lead in the third inning before the Panthers tied the game in the fifth on a Hatley two-out double to score Grovenstein.
Bourbonnais got the win in relief of starter Paul Caudill to improve to 3-0. Bourbonnais had five strikeouts in three scoreless innings of work. Caudill recorded two strikeouts while allowing a run on two hits. Yance pitched a scoreless ninth with a strikeout to record his second save.
BSC recorded 12 hits against TU with Tanner McGill going 3-for-4 followed by McCracken and Hatley with two hits. Grovenstein, Bourbonnais, Netherton , Perry and Denton each had a hit.
Birmingham-Southern opens Southern Athletic Association play against Sewanee at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Striplin Field.