March 24, 2013

No. 17 Panthers wrap up series with 5-2 win against Hendrix

CONWAY, Ark.--Courtesy of three runs in the top of the sixth inning, the No. 17 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Hendrix today, 5-2, to take the road series and move to 8-1 in the Southern Athletic Association.

The Panthers (17-8) gave up a run in th bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the third to fall behind 2-0 to the Warriors (10-15).

In the top of the fourth, sophomore Jacob Mayfield led off with a single and then stole second before junior Ethan Netherton singled to center field to plate Mayfield and put the Panthers on the board.

The score remained 2-1 until the top of the sixth. Freshman Taylor McCracken reached on a hit-by-pitch to lead off the inning, and junior Evan Grovenstein reached on a Hendrix error to put runners on first and second. With one out on the board after a strikeout, sophomore Tanner McGill singled through the left side to bring McCracken across the plate and tie it up 2-2. Netherton was then hit by a pitch to reach first and load the bases, and Campbell walked to bring in the go-ahead run. A single to third by senior Brandon Perry brought McGill home to put BSC up 4-2. The Warriors ended the inning with the bases loaded by turning a double play to prevent the Panthers from scoring again.

BSC scored the final run of the game in the top of the seventh on another bases-loaded walk to go up 5-2, and held Hendrix scoreless for the rest of the game.

Mayfield and McGill led the Panthers with two hits apiece; BSC recorded six total hits. Grovenstein (2-1) got the win on the mound after starting and throwing five innings, giving up four hits and two earned runs with two strikeouts. Sophomore David Bourbonnais came in for the next two innings and picked up two strikeouts, and senior Blake Yance threw the last two innings to get the save, his sixth of the year.

The Panthers are on the road again next weekend for a conference series against Centre in Danville, Ky., with two games on Saturday, March 30, and one on Sunday, March 31.