JACKSON, Miss.--No. 20 Birmingham-Southern lost to No. 27 Millsaps today, 7-2, losing all three games of the conference series to fall to second place in the Southern Athletic Association standings.
The Panthers fall to 25-11 overall and 14-4 in the conference, while the Majors move to 26-8 overall and 15-3 in league play. BSC lost 15-5 yesterday and 7-0 Friday evening in the first two games of the series.
After overnight rain made field conditions less than ideal at Twenty Field on the Millsaps campus, the game was moved to Smith Wills Stadium on the campus of Belmont College, whose artificial surface was more suited to conditions.
The Panthers got the game started with two early runs in the top of the first courtesy of a two-run single by sophomore Tanner McGill. That would be the only scoring action BSC would see on the day, though, as the Majors held them scoreless for the next eight innings. Millsaps tied it up in the bottom of the first, and then broke it open with four more in the bottom of the second to pull ahead 6-2. The Majors added one more in the seventh.
BSC had chances to score, leaving two stranded in the top of the third after the Majors turned a double play to end the inning, and leaving three on in the fifth.
Freshman Kyle Royalty started on the mound and took the loss, falling to 3-2 after giving up six hits and six earned runs with two strikeouts in one inning of work. Junior Miles Nordgren came in for the next five innings and gave up two hits with seven strikeouts, and senior Blake Yance closed out the final two innings with three hits, one earned run, and one strikeout.
BSC steps out of conference play this Tuesday, facing in-state rival Huntingdon in Montgomery at 6 p.m. before returning home next weekend to host a conference series against Berry. Games are slated for Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m. at Striplin Field.