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February 25, 2012

No. 23 Birmingham-Southern Baseball sweeps doubleheader from Covenant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Bruce Maxwell hit a two-run home run to highlight a three-run seventh and liftBirmingham-Southern to a 6-4 win over Covenant College (3-4) in game two of a double-header Saturday at Striplin Field. The Panthers claimed an 11-0 win in game one en route to the sweep.

Birmingham-Southern swept the three-game series and have won four straight to improve to 5-3 overall.

The Scots (3-4) staked to a 4-0 lead, scoring three runs in the first inning and one in the fourth. The first inning saw three runs cross the plate on a balk, wild pitch and a throwing error while Jonathan Carter was hit by a pitch for the fourth inning run.

BSC scored two in the fifth and one in the sixth to cut the deficit to 4-3. A Tray Chambers two-run double in the fifth scored Evan Grovenstein and Blake Yance to kick start the BSC rally. Maxwell doubled home Jon Walker the lone run in the sixth.

An Austin Justice sac-fly brought home Stephen Denton, who reached on a one-out walk, in the seventh. Walker was hit by a pitch with two outs to set up Maxwell's two-run home run to centerfield.

Jesse Meier (1-1) struck out seven batters over five innings while allowing one run on two hits to pick up the win in relief while Yance recorded a strikeout over two innings of work to register his first save.

Demarius Johnson (2-1) was tagged with the loss, giving up three runs on a hit with three strikeouts over three innings.

The Panthers scored one in the first, two in the second and added three in the fourth, four in the fifth and on in the sixth in the 11-0 game one win.

Maxwell went 2-for-2 with three RBI while Walker and Justice each had two hits and two RBI to lead the offensive output in the 11-0 game one victory.

Blake Stephens, who carried a no hitter into the fifth inning, struck out seven batters and allowed one hit in six innings to move to 1-1. Ben Hession had a strikeout in a scoreless inning pitched.

Birmingham-Southern hosts LaGrange College on Tuesday at 4 p.m.