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No. 8 Baseball completes weekend sweep with 2-1 walk-off win against Transylvania

Taylor McCracken (photo by Cari Dean)
Taylor McCracken (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—A walk-off sacrifice fly-out by senior Taylor McCracken in the bottom of the ninth lifted the No. 8 Birmingham-Southern baseball team to a 2-1 win against Transylvania, Sunday afternoon at Striplin Field.

The Panthers moved to 6-1 on the year after winning all four of their games this weekend. The Pioneers fell to 1-2.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Panthers scored a single run in the bottom of the first on a TU error.
  • The Pioneers responded in kind in the top of the second, scoring on a Panther error.
  • The score remained knotted at 1-1 through the next seven innings, although Transy got a runner to third in the top of the fourth and ninth innings; in the ninth, with one out, BSC ended their opponent's scoring chance by turning a double play.
  • In the bottom of the ninth, senior Nathan Qualls led off with a single through the right side, and sophomore Brayden Housel pinch ran for Qualls.
  • Freshman Rich Misischia singled to move Housel to second, and a sac bunt by junior David Scott put him on third before McCracken flied out to center, allowing Housel to score the game-winning walk-off run.

NOTABLE

  • Senior Kyle Royalty started for BSC and threw seven innings, allowing three hits and no earned runs with four strikeouts; freshman Jake Cook came in for the last two innings and got the win.
  • McCracken was 2-3 at the plate and Misischia was 2-4.

UP NEXT

  • The Panthers travel to face LaGrange this Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. EST.