JACKSON, Miss.--After scoring nine runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a 5-5 tie, No. 27 Millsaps defeated the 20th-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team, 15-5, Saturday afternoon at Twenty Field in Jackson, Miss.
The Majors have now won games one and two of the three-game series, moving to 25-8 overall and 14-3 in the Southern Athletic Association. The Panthers fall to 25-10 overall and 14-3 in the SAA as well.
Sophomore Jacob Mayfield got BSC on the board in the top of the first inning with a home run over the left-field fence, but the Majors took the lead with two runs off a single in the bottom of the second.
The Panthers tied it up in the top of the third on a Mayfield RBI single, but once again Millsaps took the lead in the next inning, scoring twice in the bottom of the third on two bases-loaded walks. The Majors added another run in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly-out to go up 5-2.
BSC scored a single run in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by freshman Matt Brown, and came back to tie it up, 5-5, in the top of the seventh with RBI singles from sophomores Tanner McGill and David Bourbonnais.
The Majors proceeded to explode for nine runs in the top of the seventh, recording seven hits in the process. Millsaps used five RBI singles to score the nine runs while taking advantage of a BSC error in the process, pulling ahead 14-5.
The Panthers were unable to score in the top of the eighth, and the Majors put one more run up in the bottom of the eighth to end the game early.
Mayfield, McCracken, Bourbonnais, and Brown were all 2-4 at the plate, with BSC recording 10 total hits.
Junior Ralls Pennington started on the mound and threw 2.2 innings, giving up three hits and three earned runs with four walks. Junior Miles Nordgren came in for the next 2.1 innings and allowed one hit and one earned run, followed by Bourbonnais for 1.1 innings to take the loss and fall to 5-2 on the season. Seniors Blake Yance and Ethan Wilkinson also took the mound. The pitching staff combined to give up 13 hits with only one strikeout.
The series concludes tomorrow with a 1 p.m. game. BSC will return home next weekend to face Berry College in the last games of the regular season, Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Striplin Field.