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Baseball opens Black & Gold Series; Gold takes game one, 11-1

Jon Walker

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The BSC Baseball team wraps up its fall practice season this week with the annual Black & Gold Series. In game one Tuesday night, the Gold team, coached by 2011 BSC grad and current Minnesota Twin Drew Leachman, defeated the Black team, coached by former Panther Trey Brown, 11-1.

Senior shortstop Jon Walker paced the Gold offensive attack, going 2-2 with a home run, four RBI and two walks. Freshman catcher Jacob Mayfield continued his hot fall campaign with a 2-3 effort, knocking in three runs. Sophomore second baseman Austin Justice scored three runs for the Gold team.

Freshman right-hander Ryan Hawks got the win in his start for the Gold team, going four strong innings, allowing five hits and just one run. Gold scored its 11 runs on 12 hits, and commited no errors in the seven inning game.

The Gold got on the board with a single run in the top of the first. With one out, Justice singled up the middle. Following a walk to Walker, Mayfield's base hit to left scored Justice from second.

The Black team answered with a single run in the bottom of the first. With two outs, Bruce Maxwell laced a first pitch double to left-center field. Jeremy Hatley followed with a single to center field to tie the game at 1-1.

That would be all the offense that the Black team could muster, as they scored only one run on six hits, and committed one error. Freshman Will Fagan took the loss, going two innings in his start. Maxwell and Hatley led the offense for the Black team, each going 2-4 on the day.

Walker got the lead back in the top of the third, with a two-run single down the left field line to make it 3-1. Gold opened the game up with Walker's two-run home run in the fourth, making it 6-1. Mayfield's two-run double to left-center in the fifth capped the scoring for the day.

The two teams will resume the series with an eight-inning game two scheduled for tonight at 7 p.m. Freshman RHP Blake Stevens will take the mound for the Gold opposite junior RHP Blake Yance for the Black.