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March 6, 2013

Big Eighth Rallies BSC Past Emory, 7-2

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Tenth ranked Birmingham-Southern (11-3) struck for seven runs in the bottom of the eighth to  erase two-run deficit on its way to a 7-2 win over Emory University (6-5) Wednesday at Striplin Field.

Emory took a 2-0 lead with a two-run second on RBI singles by Ryan Toscano and Mark Lindeman before the Panthers big eighth.

Taylor McCracken walked and Evan Grovenstein singled to start the eighth. McCracken and Grovenstein moved into scoring position on Jacob Mayfield's sac-bunt and scored when Netherton reached on an error. Netherton moved to second on a failed pickoff attempt and scored on a David Bourbonnais RBI single to put BSC in front 3-2.   Matt Brown singled home Bourbonnais and McCracken drove in Brown and Tanner McGill to extend the lead to 6-2.   Brandon Marino walked and later scored on a Grovenstein single for the final run of the inning.

The rally spoiled a gem pitching performance by Emory starter Connor Dillman. Dillman limited the Panthers to three hits and recorded 15 strikeouts with three walks through seven innings before giving way to the Emory bullpen.  

Graham Bloomsmith was touched up for three runs on five hits with a strikeout to suffer the loss for Emory and fall to 1-2. 

BSC pitching was not to be out done with four pitchers combining for 14 strikeouts on the night. David Bourbonnais improved to a team-best 5-0, pitching two scoreless innings with five strikeouts.

Starter Ralls Pennington had two strikeouts while giving up two runs on four hits. Miles Nordgren scattered four hits over four scoreless with five strikeouts and Blake Yance struck out two in the ninth.

Grovenstein led BSC with three hits followed by Bourbonnais and McGill with two hits apiece.  

Birmingham-Southern returns to action on Saturday against Huntingdon College at 5 p.m.