Strong pitching propels No. 23 Panthers past Sewanee in doubleheader

Lewis Hammond & Blake Stevens
Lewis Hammond & Blake Stevens

SEWANEE, Tenn.—Freshman Blake Stevens struck out 10 in game one and sophomore Lewis Hammond struck out 12 in the nightcap as the No. 23 Birmingham-Southern baseball team defeated Sewanee twice today in Sewanee, Tenn., winning by the scores of 4-0 and 5-1.

The Panthers move to 9-5 overall and 2-0 in the SCAC, while the Tigers fall to 3-7 and 0-2.

In the first game today, a 4-0 shutout, the Panthers got on the board in the top of the first inning on an RBI single from senior Jon Walker. Freshman Tanner McGill recorded an RBI single in the top of the fourth to put BSC up 2-0, and the Panthers scored twice more in the top of the sixth courtesy of a two-run single from Walker.

Stevens pitched the entire seven-inning shutout, giving up six hits with 10 strikeouts. He now stands at 2-1 on the season.

Walker and McGill led BSC at the plate, going 2-of-3 and 2-of-4 respectively, and Walker led with three RBI. McGill, the catcher, also made 10 putouts.

The Panthers out-hit the Tigers 9-6; Sewanee committed three errors to BSC's one.

In the nightcap, Sewanee scored its lone run in the bottom of the first, and the Panthers held the Tigers scoreless for the remainder, thanks in large part to Hammond's 12 strikeouts in seven innings of work. Sophomore Miles Nordgren came in for the final two innings and got two strikeouts.

BSC scored three in the top of the second on RBI singles by junior Stephen Denton and sophomore Austin Justice, and a run scored on a Tiger error. The Panthers added two more in the top of the eighth, courtesy of an RBI single from junior Brandon Perry and a sac bunt by freshman Trey Chambers.

Justice went 3-of-5 at the plate to lead the Panthers; junior catcher Bruce Maxwell made 14 putouts and two assists from behind the plate.

BSC recorded 12 hits to Sewanee's nine, and committed no errors while the Tigers made two.

The teams conclude the three-game series tomorrow at 1 p.m.