MONTGOMERY, Ala.--The No. 30 Birmingham-Southern baseball team suffered its fourth straight loss today, falling to in-state rival Huntingdon, 5-4, at Posey Field in Montgomery, Ala.
The Panthers fall to 25-12, while the Hawks move to 24-9.
An RBI double from junior Jeremy Hatley got things started for BSC in the top of the first, but the Hawks responded with three runs in the bottom of the frame on a three-run home run from Keegan Lambeth.
The Panthers were able to cut the lead back to 3-2 in the top of the third with an RBI single from sophomore Zach Wagner, and the score stood at 3-2 until the bottom of the sixth when Huntingdon put up two more runs on a two-RBI single by Seth Currie to go up 5-2.
BSC tried to rally in the top of the seventh, leading off with straight singles from freshman Taylor McCracken, junior Evan Grovenstein, junior Jacob Mayfield, and Hatley. Hatley's single to center field scored McCracken and Grovenstein to cut the Hawks' lead to 5-4. After a pitching change by Huntingdon, BSC wasn't able to score again, leaving three runners stranded.
The Panthers left another runner on base in the eighth, and two in the ninth, while getting a hit in each inning, but it wasn't enough to bring another runner across the plate to tie things up, and Huntingdon came away with the one-run win.
BSC recorded 12 hits, three more than the Hawks, led by Hatley who was 3-5 with three RBI. Sophomore southpaw Paul Caudill started on the mound and took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the season after giving up three earned runs in the first inning. Sophomore Blake Stevens, freshman Kyle Royalty, sophomore David Bourbonnais, and senior Blake Yance also all saw action on the mound, combining for 10 strikeouts.
The Panthers return home this weekend for the final series of the regular season, hosting Berry in three games: Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 1 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. This weekend's games will determine whether or not BSC will host the first round of the 2013 SAA Championship, April 26-28, in which the top two seeds host in double-elimination format. The two winners will then advance to the finals, May 4-6, hosted by the higher seed.