No. 9 Panthers advance to third round of SCAC Championship with 8-4 win over Rhodes

MILLINGTON, Tenn.The No. 9 Birmingham-Southern baseball team kept up its winning ways today with an 8-4 victory against Rhodes in the second round of the 2012 SCAC Baseball Championship in Millington, Tenn.

The Panthers, the top seed in the East, move to 33-7, while the Lynx, the two-seed in the East, fall to 27-14.

BSC moves on to face No. 8 Trinity, the top seed in the West, tomorrow at noon.

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BSC kicked off the scoring quickly, going up 2-0 in the top of the first inning courtesy of RBIs from sophomore Austin Justice and freshman Zach Wagner. Rhodes added one run in the bottom of the first, but the Panthers scored twice more in the top of the third, this time on RBIs from senior Jon Walker and sophomore Jeremy Hatley, to take a 4-1 lead.

The Lynx cut it to 4-3 in the bottom of the third, but BSC stayed a couple steps ahead, scoring twice in the top of the fifth off two more RBIs from Justice and Hatley. The Panthers scored single runs in both the eighth and ninth, one on an error and another on a wild pitch, and allowed Rhodes to score once in the eighth.

Wagner led BSC at the plate with four of its 12 hits, going 4-5. Justice was 3-5 and Hatley was 2-5.

Senior Jesse Meier started and threw 4.1 innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs with four strikeouts. Sophomore Miles Nordgren came in for the next three innings and got the win, moving to 8-2 on the year after giving up one hit and striking out two batters. Freshman David Bourbonnais threw the final 1.2 innings and picked up his fifth save of the year.