No. 22 Panthers down Centre, 7-5, in 10 innings

No. 22 Panthers down Centre, 7-5, in 10 innings

DANVILLE, Ky.--After tying it up with a run in the top of the ninth, the No. 22 Birmingham-Southern baseball team scored twice in the top of the 10th to down Centre, 7-5, Friday evening at Gary Wright Field in Danville, Ky.

The Panthers move to 18-8 overall and 9-1 in the conference, leading the Southern Athletic Association standings. The Colonels fall to 10-11 overall and 4-6 in the SAA.

Junior Jeremy Hatley opened the scoring in the top of the first with a three-run home run, plating sophomore Jacob Mayfield and junior Evan Grovenstein, who both singled to reach base.

Centre tied it up in the bottom of the first, and the Panthers went up 4-2 in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by senior Stephen Denton.

The Colonels cut the lead back to 4-3 in the bottom of the sixth, and then took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the seventh, going up 5-4 with two runs scored on a single.

In their final chance to score, the Panthers led off the top of the ninth with a Denton single. He then went to second on a passed ball, and freshman Taylor McCracken singled to put runners on first and third. Grovenstein hit into a double play after that, but the play allowed Denton to score from third and tie it up 5-5.

BSC held Centre scoreless in the bottom of the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

The Panthers produced two runs in the top of the 10th, the first on an RBI single from sophomore Jake Campbell to plate sophomore Brandon Marino, who pinch ran for Hatley after he walked to reach base and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Tanner McGill. Zach Wagner laid down another sacrifice bunt to send Campbell to second, and a single by senior Brandon Perry allowed Campbell to score to put BSC up 7-5.

Senior Blake Yance took the mound for the bottom of the 10th, and Centre ended the game on a ground-out and two swinging strikeouts for Yance's seventh save of the season.

BSC recorded 13 hits to Centre's eight. Sophomore Blake Stevens started on the mound and threw seven innings, giving up four earned runs with nine strikeouts. Sophomore David Bourbonnais came in for the eighth and ninth innings and got the win, moving to 5-1 on the year. He allowed no hits and one walk with two strikeouts.

The series wraps up tomorrow with a noon doubleheader.