CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – No. 15 Birmingham-Southern baseball fell 6-4 to No 6 Chapman University in game one of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championship series Tuesday afternoon. BSC (42-14) will need to defeat Chapman in game two to force a decisive game three tomorrow. Game two will begin at approximately 3 p.m. The loss was BSC's first since May 18th.
Tyler Hamel (Atlanta, Ga./Alpharetta) and Brian Williams (Marietta, Ga./Lassiter HS) went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored a run. Hamel finished with two RBI and Williams earned one. John Michael Shirley (Mobile, Ala./UMS-Wright Prep) got the start. He went 4.2 innings and struck out three. Robbie Lively (Helena, Al./Southern Academy) and Oliver Livingston (Decatur, Ga./Decatur HS) also spent time on the mound.
Tyler Wise (Hoover, Ala./Spain Park HS) earned the Panthers first hit of the day. He drilled a triple to left center and then came around to score on a sacrifice fly from Hamel, giving BSC the 1-0 lead. But Chapman responded by scoring in the second and third innings, and pulled ahead 3-1.
With one out and two on in the bottom of the third inning, Hamel singled to right field, scoring Williams from second. The score stood at 3-2 until the fifth when Chapman rallied and put three runs across. Robbie Lively (Helena, Al./Southern Academy) came in to pitch and ended the inning on a ground out. He would then sit down all three batters in the top of the sixth.
The Panthers used the momentum to jump start their bats. Hamel led off with a double to right center. With one out on the board, AJ Hunt (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis Univ. School) singled to center on a 1-0 pitch and scored Hamel.
BSC's defense completely shutout Chapman in the final four innings. But the Panthers were only able to rally a run in the bottom of the ninth.
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