BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – No. 3 Birmingham-Southern baseball advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2017 Southern Athletic Association Tournament Friday after a 7-5 win over Centre College on Striplin Field. BSC (33-6) will face Berry College on Saturday, April 29 at 11 a.m. to determine who plays in the semifinals.
Tyler Wise (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS) went 3-for-5 with two home runs, four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Panthers. His three-run blast in the bottom of the seventh gave BSC the 6-5 lead. Rich Misischia (Dothan, Ala./Regis HS) and Preston White (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School) also had two hits on the day. Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala./Oxford HS) earned the win after pitching a scoreless seventh inning. Misischia picked up his third save of the season after closing out the win.
Centre (18-21) opened scoring in the top of the first off a double to right center that scored two. The Panthers responded with a solo homer by Wise in the bottom of the first. And White tied the game up with another solo homer in the bottom of the second inning.
The Colonels then scored three unanswered runs through the fifth inning to take a 5-2 lead.
With one out in the sixth, Sam Roberts (Johns Creek, Ga./Blessed Trinity) walked and advanced to third on a double by White. He came around to score on a groundout that put the Panthers down 5-3.
BSC held the Colonels scoreless in the top of the seventh. With one out in the bottom of the inning, David Scott (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) walked and moved to second on a single through the right side by Misischia. Wise then hit his second home run of that day to give the Panthers the 6-5 lead.
They would hold Centre scoreless in the final two innings to secure the win.
The tournament continues Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with the first quarterfinal game. Game four between Sewanee and Centre will start at 2:30 p.m. with game five to follow at 6 p.m. between the losers of game three and four in the second quarterfinal game.
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