Eastern Connecticut State edges No. 4 BSC, 7-6

Eastern Connecticut State edges No. 4 BSC, 7-6

AUBURNDALE, Fla.—The Eastern Connecticut State baseball team held on to a 7-6 lead on Wednesday to upset fourth-ranked Birmingham-Southern in Auburndale, Fla.

The Panthers fell to 16-2, while the Warriors moved to 2-5.

ECSU scored twice out of the gate, going up 2-0 in the top of the first, and BSC answered in the bottom of the first with a run on an RBI single from sophomore Zach Wingate. The Warriors added another in the top of the second, as did the Panthers, scoring on an RBI single by junior Taylor McCracken.

ECSU scored a single run yet again in the top of the third to pull ahead 4-2, but BSC got its first lead of the game in the bottom of the third, answering with three runs courtesy of an RBI single from senior David Bourbonnais and a two-RBI single from sophomore Jacob Drescher.

The Warriors tied things up in the top of the fourth, and the 5-5 tie stood until the top of the seventh, when a Warrior home run put ECSU back in the lead, 7-5. The Panthers cut it to 7-6 in the bottom of the seventh, scoring on an error, and got the game-tying run to third base in the bottom of the eighth, but were not able to score again, and the Warriors came away with the victory.

Junior Kyle Royalty started on the mound and went 2.1 innings, giving up five hits and three earned runs with one strikeout. Junior Wilson Jamison (0-1) threw the next 4.1 innings and took the loss, allowing five hits and two earned runs with three strikeouts. Bourbonnais threw the remaining 2.1 innings and got one strikeout.

The Panthers out-hit the Warriors 14-10, with five different players recording two hits each, including Drescher who was 2-4 with a team-high two RBI.

BSC returns home this weekend, resuming Southern Athletic Association action with a three-game series against Berry. The teams will play a 1 p.m. doubleheader on Saturday followed by a 1 p.m. single game on Sunday at Striplin Field.