BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 10 Birmingham-Southern baseball team dropped a game to No. 29 Emory Saturday afternoon, losing 4-1 at Striplin Field.
The Panthers fall to 20-5, while the Eagles move to 19-8.
BSC was held to only five hits, with no extra-base hits, behind a strong pitching performance from Emory's Connor Dillman, who went the complete nine-inning game and struck out seven Panthers while giving up one walk.
The Eagles got on the board in the top of the second with an RBI single by Philip Maldari, and held the 1-0 lead until the bottom of the fifth, when junior Zach Wagner plated senior Jeremy Hatley on a sac-fly to right field to tie it up 1-1.
The tie stood until the top of the eighth when Emory scored three runs on two hits to pull ahead 4-1. The Eagles held BSC scoreless the rest of the way to preserve the win.
Hatley and sophomore Matt Brown were both 2-4 at the plate for BSC. Junior right-hander Blake Stevens (5-1) started on the mound and threw 7.1 innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts for his first loss of the season.
The teams will meet again tomorrow as BSC travels to Atlanta for a noon ET doubleheader at Chappell Park.