MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—Propelled by a complete-game shutout from junior hurler Ryan Gaines, the No. 5 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Huntingdon, 7-0, in the first round of the NCAA Championship South Regional, Wednesday afternoon at Berry College.
The second-seeded Panthers moved to 38-11, while the fifth-seeded Hawks fell to 27-18. BSC's 38 wins ties the program record at the Division III level; the Panthers went 38-9 in 2012.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- BSC got on the board in the bottom of the first inning after senior Taylor McCracken reached on an error, with junior Sam Roberts bringing him home on an RBI single.
- The Panthers pulled ahead 2-0 in the fourth on an RBI single from freshman Tyler Hamel, and a three-run home run by junior Jack Rhodes in the sixth increased the lead to 5-0.
- Also in the fifth, a bunt single from junior David Scott pushed the lead to 6-0, and McCracken scored on an error in the eighth for the final run of the game.
- Gaines threw the complete-game shutout, moving to 11-2 on the season, giving up five hits with four strikeouts.
- Scott was 3-of-3 at the plate, Roberts was 2-of-4, and McCracken was 2-of-5; Rhodes was 1-of-3 with a game-high three RBI.
- BSC will face third-seeded No. 9 Shenandoah, who defeated fourth-seeded No. 30 Marietta, 3-2, today.