No. 30 BSC wins game two against Berry, 3-1

No. 30 BSC wins game two against Berry, 3-1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.--Three Birmingham-Southern pitchers scattered five hits and held off a late rally to earn a 3-1 win over Berry, Saturday afternoon at Striplin Field. The victory was the second straight in the three-game series and puts the 30th-ranked Panthers in position to earn at least a share of the Southern Athletic Association title tomorrow afternoon.

Junior Ralls Pennington (4-3) allowed just four hits and struck out two in six innings, and sophomore David Bourbonnais and senior Blake Yance came out of the bullpen to close out the win.

BSC (27-12, 16-4 SAA) took the lead with an unearned run in the third inning. With two outs, sophomore Braxton Marino scored from second base after a throwing error allowed junior Jacob Mayfield to reach first base.

The Panthers increased their lead in the fourth. Bourbonnais walked to start the frame, advanced to third on a double by sophomore Tanner McGill, and scored on a single by sophomore Jake Campbell, which chased Berry starter Christian Champion. After senior Brandon Perry walked to load the bases, Marino hit into a double play but McGill would score for a 3-0 advantage.

Bourbonnais struck out four in his two innings of work but Yance ran into a little trouble in the ninth. A leadoff triple by Stephon Gaylor was followed by a throwing error by junior Evan Grovenstein to put the Vikings (16-22, 12-8) on the board. After a strikeout and walk put the tying run on base, Yance got another strikeout before inducing a pop-up to sophomore second baseman Brandon Marino to earn his 11th save.

The Panthers close out the regular season with the final game of the series against Berry Sunday at 2 p.m. A BSC win gives the Panthers at least a share of the SAA regular season title, with a chance to win it outright if Millsaps drops its finale to Rhodes. First pitch is set for 2 p.m. with Senior Day activities slated to begin approximately 30 minutes prior.