ATLANTA, Ga.—With No. 10 BSC's 10-8 extra-innings win against No. 29 Emory today at Chappell Park in Atlanta, Head Coach Jan Weisberg recorded his 200th career win at Birmingham-Southern. The Panthers also lost to Emory in game two, 4-2, and now stand at 21-6 on the season, while the Eagles move to 20-9.
In game one, the Panthers scored early, going up 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI ground-out by senior Jeremy Hatley to plate sophomore Taylor McCracken. Emory took the lead in the bottom of the third, scoring four runs after six of eight batters reached base successfully. The Panthers answered quickly, however, tying things up in the top of the fourth on a two-RBI double by junior Jake Campbell and an RBI single by senior Evan Grovenstein.
Both teams kept scoring, with Emory adding a run in the bottom of the fourth, and BSC pulling back ahead in the top of the fifth courtesy of a two-RBI single from sophomore Matt Brown. The Eagles scored single runs in both the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to take back the lead, 7-6, and the Panthers tied it up again in the top of the eighth on an RBI single from junior David Bourbonnais.
The teams traded runs yet again in the bottom of the eighth and top of the ninth, with a sac-fly from Brown bringing the game-tying run across the plate for BSC. The Panthers held Emory scoreless in the bottom of the ninth, despite runners reaching second and third, sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the 10th, Grovenstein came through with a two-RBI single to put BSC up 10-8, and the Panthers retired three of four Eagle batters in the bottom of the 10th to hang on to the two-run lead for the win.
Five different Panthers had two hits apiece, helping BSC rack up 14 total hits, and Brown and Grovenstein led with three RBI apiece. Bourbonnais (3-0) picked up the win on the mound after coming in for the final 2.1 innings, giving up two hits and a walk with two strikeouts.
In the nightcap, Emory scored twice in the bottom of the third and pulled up 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth before the Panthers got on the board in the top of the seventh courtesy of an RBI double by freshman Zach Wingate. The Eagles added another run in the bottom of the seventh to go up 4-1, and BSC scored again in the top of the eighth, this time on a Brown RBI single. Although the Panthers held Emory scoreless in the bottom of the eighth, the Panthers were unable to score in the top of the ninth despite putting runners on second and third.
Wingate led at the plate, going 2-4. Senior Ralls Pennington (3-3) took the loss after starting and throwing 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and two earned runs with two walks and two strikeouts.
The Panthers are on the road for the next six games, and travel to face in-state rival Huntingdon this Wednesday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Montgomery.