MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Behind a four-run, ninth-inning rally, the No. 12 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Huntingdon College, 4-2, in a midweek non-conference affair Wednesday evening at Posey Field in Montgomery, Ala. BSC improves to 22-6, while the Hawks are now 17-11.
The Panthers experienced little offensive success in the contest through seven innings of play. BSC's offense started to show signs of life in the top of the eighth when freshman Zach Wingate led off with a double. Junior Brandon Marino was then brought in to pinch run for Wingate and was advanced to third after a bunt single from freshman Jack Rhodes. Unfortunately for BSC, Marino was left stranded on third and Huntingdon entered the ninth inning with a 2-0 lead courtesy of single runs in the home half of the fourth and eighth innings.
With only three hits coming into the ninth, the Panthers chose an opportune time to find their offensive groove. Sophomore Matt Brown started the inning with a single and quickly advanced to second after a single to right from senior Evan Grovenstein. The next batter, junior Jacob Mayfield, got on base as the potential go-ahead run after being hit by a pitch. The bases were loaded for BSC when they posted their first run on the board after a sac-fly from junior David Bourbonnais plated Brown. With first base open, the Hawks chose to intentionally walk junior Wes Kent and once again the Panthers found themselves with the bases loaded. The game's tying run crossed when a free pass to junior Jake Campbell brought home Grovenstein. A single through the left side from freshman Jack Rhodes scored Mayfield to help BSC claim their first lead of the game at 3-2. A sac-fly from sophomore Taylor McCracken scored Kent and provided BSC with an insurance run to take into the bottom of the ninth.
The 4-2 Panther lead would hold as Bourbonnais wrapped up his three innings of relief by retiring the side in order to improve his record to 4-0.
The Panthers stay on the road this weekend for a Southern Athletic Association series against Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Ga. The teams will play a Saturday doubleheader at 2 p.m. ET followed by a single game on Sunday, also at 2 p.m. ET.