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No. 18 Panthers remain unbeaten with 9-5 win over Transylvania

Catcher Jacob Mayfield (photo by Cari Dean)
Catcher Jacob Mayfield (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Moving to 5-0 on the season, the No. 18 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Transylvania University, 9-5, Sunday afternoon at Striplin Field. The Pioneers fall to 0-2 after losing to No. 23 Adrian College Saturday evening.

Transy opened the game with two bunts and an RBI single to get on the board in the top of the first, but the Panthers answered in the bottom of the first with four runs. After junior Matt Brown led off with a single, a sac bunt from junior Taylor McCracken moved him to second. An RBI double from senior Jacob Mayfield allowed Brown to score, tying the game at 1-1, before Mayfield advanced to third on the first of two Pioneer errors in the inning and then scored on an RBI single by sophomore Jack Rhodes. Sophomore Sam Roberts then scored on an RBI single from senior David Bourbonnais, and Rhodes scored on another Transy error to put BSC up 4-1.

The Pioneers cut it to 4-3 in the top of the third, and the Panthers answered in the bottom of the same inning when McCracken scored on a Mayfield RBI double, and Mayfield scored on an RBI ground-out by sophomore Zach Wingate, extending the lead to 6-3.

Transy scored twice again in the top of the fifth, cutting it to 6-5, which would be the last Pioneer runs of the game. The Panthers increased their lead in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on another Transy error, and BSC added its last two runs in the bottom of the eighth when Bourbonnais scored on an error and senior Brandon Marino scored on a Brown RBI single.

Senior starter Paul Caudill threw five innings for BSC, picking up his first win of the year. Sophomore Mac Crawford came in for the next two innings and struck out three Pioneers, followed by junior Wilson Jamison and Bourbonnais for the final two innings.

Mayfield was 2-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Brown, McCracken, and Bourbonnais were all 2-4.

The Panthers will face in-state rival Huntingdon this Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 6 p.m. in Montgomery, then return home next weekend for a Southern Athletic Association series against Oglethorpe. The first game of the three-game series is Friday at 6 p.m., followed by a 3 p.m. Saturday doubleheader.