No. 6 Baseball defeats Hendrix on Senior Day, 8-3

(L to R) 2016 Seniors Matt Brown, Wilson Jamison, Miller Bonds, Kyle Royalty, Taylor McCracken, and Nathan Qualls
(L to R) 2016 Seniors Matt Brown, Wilson Jamison, Miller Bonds, Kyle Royalty, Taylor McCracken, and Nathan Qualls

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Led by freshman A.J. Hunt who was 3-of-4 at the plate with five RBI, the No. 6 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Hendrix Sunday afternoon, 8-3, to win the conference series.

The Panthers moved to 25-9 overall and 14-4 in the Southern Athletic Association, while the Warriors fell to 19-15 overall and 12-6 in the SAA. BSC leads the league standings, followed by Hendrix and then Berry at 11-7.

Today was Senior Day for BSC, with seniors Miller Bonds, Matt Brown, Wilson Jamison, Taylor McCracken, Nathan Qualls, and Kyle Royalty being honored in a pregame ceremony.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Hunt got things started in the bottom of the first inning with a deep single to left-center field with the bases loaded, which scored three runs.
  • The Warriors responded in the top of the third, scoring three runs on RBI singles and a BSC error to tie things up 3-3.
  • A two-run double from Hunt in the bottom of the third put the Panthers back in the lead, 5-3, and an RBI single by junior Sam Roberts in the fourth increased the lead to 6-3.
  • RBI singles by sophomore Brayden Housel and McCracken in the fifth put BSC up 8-3, and the Panthers held the Warriors scoreless the rest of the way.

NOTABLE

  • Hunt went 3-of-4 at the plate with a game-high five RBI.
  • McCracken was 2-of-4 and Roberts was 2-of-5.
  • Royalty (5-0) started and got the win, going five innings and giving up five hits and two earned runs with one strikeout.
  • Sophomore Ross James, freshman John Michael Shirley, and Jamison finished out the final four innings.

UP NEXT

  • BSC takes a break from conference play this Tuesday, April 12, traveling to Jackson, Miss., to face Belhaven at 4 p.m.
  • The Panthers finish out conference play next weekend with a series against Berry in Rome, Ga.