CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – No. 15 Birmingham-Southern baseball defeated Johns Hopkins University 15-4 in a full team effort Sunday night to advance to the championship series of the 2019 NCAA Division III College World Series. BSC (42-13) will face the Pool A winner on Tuesday at 11 a.m. The Panthers have made it to the title series in their first trip to the World Series.
Hopkins went through six pitchers during the game to keep up with the Panthers' bats. Led by Tyler Wise (Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS), BSC's offense put up 15 hits. Wise went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Tyler Hamel (Atlanta, Ga./Alpharetta), Luke DePiero (Atlanta, Ga./Walker HS), Alfredo Granier (Atlanta, Ga./Holy Innocents' Episcopal), and Steadman each earned two hits a piece.
Tristan Harvin (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) put in six quality innings for the Panthers, striking out a game-high six batters. Robbie Lively (Helena, Al./Southern Academy), Will Evans (Peachtree City, Ga./Starrs Mill HS), and Adam Richards (Santa Rosa Beach, Fla./South Walton HS) also saw time on the mound in the win.
BSC jumped out fast in the first inning. Hopkins starter Matthew Dillard hit the first two batters of the game to put runners on first and second. Hamel then singled to center, scoring Brian Williams (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS) and advancing Wise to second. With one out on the board, AJ Hunt (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) singled to center to load the bases.
DePiero worked the count to earn a walk and score Wise. With the bases loaded and a 1-1 count Granier singled to center to score Hamel. After a sacrifice fly by Richie Misischia (Dothan, Ala./Regis HS) scored Hunt, Cole Steadman (Birmingham, Ala./Briarwood Christian) then singled to second and scored DePiero to put BSC up 5-0 in the first.
Hopkins responded in the third with a run of their own, but BSC opened things up in the fourth.
It started with Williams getting hit for the second time in the night. He would score after back-to-back singles. When a throwing error by first loaded the bases, Hunt singled to center again, scoring Wise. DePiero grounded out to second, but sent Hamel home for another run.
Toner put the Panthers up 10-1 after tagging up on a sac fly from Granier. The teams would match runs in the fifth. Hopkins rallied at the top of sixth to put two more runs across, bringing the score up to 11-4, before Harvin struck out two and forced a fly out to end the inning.
BSC responded in the bottom of the inning. DePiero led off with a single to left field. After a Granier followed with a single of his own, Misischia reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and DePiero came around to score from second. Steadman then singled through the right side scoring Granier. And Misischia came across the plate during a double play to push the lead back out to 10.
With two outs and bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Steadman worked a four pitch walk with the bases loaded that sent the last run of the night in. BSC's defense shut the Blue Jays out in the final three innings of the game to secure the win.
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