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No. 9 Shenandoah upends No. 5 Panthers in NCAA South Regional, 6-2

Mason Englet (photo by Raven Wilson, Berry College Athletics)
Mason Englet (photo by Raven Wilson, Berry College Athletics)

MOUNT BERRY, Ga.—After going up 2-0 to open the game, the No. 5 Birmingham-Southern baseball team fell to No. 9 Shenandoah, 6-2, on the second day of the NCAA South Regional, hosted by Berry College.

The second-seeded Panthers fell to 38-12, while the third-seeded Hornets moved to 34-10. BSC drops into the elimination bracket and will face Thomas More tomorrow in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. EDT. No. 6 Emory, the top seed, and Shenandoah will square off at 11 a.m. EDT. Huntingdon and Marietta were eliminated today with their second losses of the regional.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • BSC, playing as the visiting team, scored twice in the top of the first after senior Taylor McCracken led off with a single.
  • Junior David Scott then reached on a fielder's choice, and McCracken advanced to third, before a balk scored the first run of the game to put the Panthers up 1-0.
  • After a fly-out for the first out, and then a ground-out to put Scott on third, an RBI single to left field by freshman Mason Englet plated Scott to increase the lead to 2-0.
  • BSC held the lead until the bottom of the fourth, when Shenandoah scored two runs on an RBI single and an error, and the Hornets then took a 3-2 lead on a ground-out RBI.
  • In the bottom of the sixth, the Hornets hit a three-run home run to increase the lead to 6-2, and held the Panthers scoreless the rest of the way to clinch the victory.

NOTABLE

  • Five different Panthers recorded single hits, and Englet recorded BSC's lone RBI of the game.
  • Junior Stephen Himic (8-4) started on the mound and took the loss after tossing six innings and giving up eight hits and five earned runs with two strikeouts.
  • Junior Easton Fuller and freshman Rich Misischia also each pitched a single inning to close the game.

UP NEXT

  • BSC drops into the elimination bracket and will face Thomas More tomorrow in an elimination game at 2:30 p.m. EDT.