No. 15 BSC cruises past Oglethorpe in games one and two of SAA series

Blake Stevens (photo by Cari Dean)
Blake Stevens (photo by Cari Dean)

ATLANTA, Ga.—The No. 15 Birmingham-Southern baseball team took games one and two of a conference series against Oglethorpe today at Anderson Field in Atlanta, Ga., winning 10-0 in seven innings and 8-2.

The Panthers move to 24-6 overall and 12-2 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Stormy Petrels fall to 10-16 overall and 4-9 in SAA play.

In game one, which ended early due to the 10-run rule, BSC scored twice in the top of the third inning when senior Jeremy Hatley led off with a home run over the right-field fence, and sophomore Matt Brown singled up the middle to bring junior Jake Campbell across the plate.

The 2-0 lead stood until the top of the fifth when BSC's entire lineup stepped to the plate. An RBI single by senior Evan Grovenstein plated junior Brandon Marino, who reached on a single to left field, and in the next at-bat, junior Jacob Mayfield expanded the BSC lead to 6-0 with a three-run homer down the left-field line. RBI singles by Hatley and Campbell scored three more runs to put the Panthers up 9-0, and senior Kevin Shelton scored on a balk to make the lead 10-0. BSC held the Petrels scoreless through the next two innings to clinch the 10-0 shutout.

Hatley was 2-3 at the plate, with eight other BSC batters recording single hits for a total of 10. Junior Blake Stevens (6-1) started and threw six innings, allowing two hits and only one walk with eight strikeouts. Junior Ben Hession finished the final inning and struck out two Petrels.

In game two, the Panthers again scored their first runs in the top of the third, putting four on the board courtesy of a two-RBI triple from Grovenstein and RBI singles by freshman Zach Wingate and junior David Bourbonnais. Grovenstein and Wingate picked up RBI again in the top of the fourth, as did junior Wes Kent to put BSC up 7-0. The Panthers' final run of the game was in the top of the sixth when senior Ethan Netherton doubled down the left field line to bring Mayfield home. Oglethorpe scored twice in the bottom of the seventh for the Petrels' first runs of the day.

The Panthers had 13 total hits; sophomore Taylor McCracken was 2-2, Brown was 2-3, Mayfield was 2-4, and Grovenstein was 2-5 with three RBI. Senior Miles Nordgren (4-1) started on the mound and pitched five innings, giving up two hits with four strikeouts. Sophomore Wilson Jamison came in for the sixth inning and struck out all three batters, followed by freshman Kyle Royalty throwing the seventh inning.

The three-game series concludes tomorrow with a single game at noon ET.