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No. 4 BSC downs No. 22 Emory, 4-1

Zach Wingate (photo by Cari Dean)
Zach Wingate (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After falling behind early, the No. 4 Birmingham-Southern baseball team came back to defeat No. 22 Emory, 4-1, Wednesday evening at Striplin Field.

The Panthers moved to 23-3-1 with their sixth straight victory, while the Eagles fell to 16-10.

A Brett Lake RBI double in the top of the first put Emory up 1-0, and the lead held until the bottom of the second, when senior Brandon Marino RBI singled to plate sophomore Jack Rhodes and tie things up 1-1.

Sophomore Zach Wingate broke the tie in the bottom of the third, hitting his third home run of the year to score two runs and put BSC up 3-1. The Eagles threatened in the top of the seventh, getting the game-tying run to second with one out on the board before junior reliever Kyle Royalty struck out the final two batters to preserve the lead.

The Panthers scored once more in the bottom of the seventh, taking advantage of an Emory error, and held the Eagles scoreless in the final two innings.

Four different Panthers had two hits apiece, and Wingate led with a game-high two RBI. Six different Panther pitchers saw time on the mound, with sophomore Mac Crawford (1-0) getting the win. Senior David Bourbonnais threw the final two innings and got his sixth save of the year.

BSC travels to Jackson, Miss., this weekend for a three-game Southern Athletic Association series against Millsaps. Games are Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.