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No. 7 Panthers advance after splitting in SAA Championship action

Wilson Jamison
Wilson Jamison

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The No. 7 Birmingham-Southern baseball team fell into the elimination bracket with an 11-8 loss to Berry today before rebounding with a 13-11 win against Millsaps to advance to the final day on Sunday.

The top-seeded Panthers, who moved to 32-10, will need to defeat fifth-seeded Berry twice tomorrow to clinch a berth to the SAA title series next weekend.

BSC VS. BERRY

  • The Panthers led 7-4 after three innings before the Vikings stormed ahead in the top of the fourth with four runs to take an 8-7 lead.
  • A home run from freshman Tyler Wise in the fifth evened things up at 8-8, but Berry pulled back ahead in the top of the sixth with a single run to go up 9-8.
  • The Vikings added two more in the eighth to go up 11-8, and retired six of the next seven BSC batters to clinch the upset victory.
  • Hits were even at 12 for each team, although the Panthers committed three errors.
  • Junior Sam Roberts went 3-of-5 at the plate, while junior Nathan Qualls was 2-of-4 and Wise and senior Taylor McCracken were both 2-of-5.
  • Junior Ryan Gaines (9-2) started and threw seven innings, giving up 10 hits and seven earned runs with five strikeouts.
  • Junior Easton Fuller and sophomore Ross James split time in the last two innings.

BSC VS. MILLSAPS

  • After the teams played to a 3-3 tie after three innings, BSC put up 10 runs over the next three innings to take a 13-3 lead.
  • The Majors rallied in the seventh and eighth, scoring four runs in each inning to cut the lead back to 13-11.
  • In the top of the ninth, Millsaps got a runner to third with two outs, but the Panthers were able to retire the final batter to preserve the win.
  • BSC out-hit Millsaps 14-9, led by sophomore Brayden Housel and McCracken who were 3-of-4 at the plate.
  • Junior David Scott went 2-of-5 with a game-high four RBI.
  • Freshman John Michael Shirley (1-1) got the win on the mound after throwing the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, allowing two hits and no earned runs with three strikeouts.
  • Senior closer Wilson Jamison came in for the ninth and struck out two batters, getting his fourth save of the year.

UP NEXT

  • BSC will face Berry again tomorrow at noon, and needs to win twice to stay alive and move to next weekend's title series.