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.
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.