BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern baseball team split with Centre College on Sunday, earning the 2-1 series win over the Colonels.
Game one was an offensive slugfest, which Birmingham-Southern won 13-7 while game two was a defensive effort that went to the Colonels 1-0.
Sunday was Senior Day for the Panthers and four were recognized pre-game: Wallace Schmuck (Fort Worth, Texas/Texas Military Institute), Ross Anderson (Section, Ala./Section HS), Ross James (Cape Girardeau, Mo./Notre Dame HS) and Bryant Hamby (Hopkinsville, Ky./University Heights).
And the seniors showed up in game one. The left-fielder Schmuck was a perfect 4-for-4 from the plate with two runs and two RBIs. Senior was 2-for-3 with a bat in his hand, scoring three runs and earning an RBI with a solo home run.
BSC scored its 13 runs with three runs in the second, six runs in the fourth and two runs in the fifth and seventh innings.
Sophomore Will Toner (Atlanta, Ga./Marist HS) was responsible for four of BSC's six runs in the fourth inning. Toner hit his second grand slam of the season, his first coming in the first game of the season against Methodist, to give his team the 8-6 lead. BSC tacked on two more runs in the inning off home runs by Anderson and Tyler Hamel (Atlanta, Ga./Alpharetta HS).
The final game of the series was much more defensive. The Colonels scored one run in the second and held on to the slim lead for the remainder of the game.
Hanan Mauldin (Florence, Ala./Florence HS) got the start for the Panthers and pitched five solid innings, allowing just three hits and striking out four batters. Left-hander Richie Misischia (Dothan, Ala./Regis HS) finished the game for BSC, pitching two innings and allowing two hits while striking out three.
After the doubleheader split, Birmingham-Southern moves to 18-14 overall and 8-10 in the Southern Athletic Association.
The Panthers travel to Atlanta to face Oglethorpe in their next series April 13-14.