March 3, 2013

BSC Baseball Sweeps Doubleheader From Sewanee On Sunday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Birmingham-Southern (10-3; 3-0 SAA) rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to erase 1-0 deficit and take a win 4-1 over Sewanee (5-4; 0-3 SAA) in game two of a Southern Athletic Association doubleheader Sunday at Striplin Field.  The Panthers won game one 8-0.

Sewanee grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth of game two on an Allen Thigpe RBI single, scoring James Snover.

Stephen Denton singled and Taylor McCracken was hit by a pitch to start BSC's four-run fifth.  Denton scored from third on a balk to tie the game and Jeremy Hatley gave the Panthers a 2-1 the lead on a single to bring home Grovenstein. Mayfield and Hatley scored on Ethan Netherton's single to give BSC a 4-1 advantage.

BSC added another run in the sixth to make the score 5-1.  Denton singled to lead off the inning and scored on a Hatley single to centerfield to wrapup the game two scoring.

Starter Paul Caudill (2-0) had four strikeouts and gave up a run on two hits through five innings to record the win. David Bourbonnais and Blake Yance pitched scoreless sixth and seventh innings with a strikeout to close the game.

After pitching four scoreless innings, Worth Osgood gave up four runs, two earned on four hits with three strikeouts suffer the loss for Sewanee.

The Panthers scored two in the first and one in the second for an early 3-0 lead in game one. Jacob Mayfield had an RBI double and later scored on a throwing error to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead after the first.  Zach Wagner walked and scored on a wild pitch in the second.

BSC added two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to push the lead to 8-0. Taylor McCracken singled and scored on a wild pitch and Jeremy Hatley walked and scored on a Ethan Netherton single in the seventh.  Zach Wagner doubled and scored when Matt Brown reached on a fielder's choice and Mayfield drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth.

Kyle Royalty, who worked out of bases loaded jams in the first and fourth innings, earned the win. The Atlanta, Ga., native struck out three and scattered eight hits over five scoreless innings to improve to 2-1.

Jacob Simpson took the loss for Sewanee, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits with a strikeout to fall to 2-1.

Birmingham-Southern returns to the diamond for a mid-week game against Emory on Wednesday at 6 p.m.