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April 9, 2013

No. 20 BSC wins ninth straight with 9-4 road win over Covenant College

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, Ga.--The 20th-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team won its ninth straight game Tuesday afternoon, defeating Covenant College 9-4 in Lookout Mountain, Ga.

The Panthers move to 25-8 overall, while the Scots fall to 22-7.

BSC took advantage of five Covenant errors in the game while collecting 13 hits for themselves. Five different Panthers had two hits apiece, and junior Jeremy Hatley led with two RBI.

Covenant scored first with an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the lead wouldn't last long as the Panthers racked up five runs in the top of the fifth. After the first two batters reached on errors, and then moved to second and third on a wild pitch, an RBI single down the right-field line by freshman Matt Brown plated sophomore David Bourbonnais to tie it up 1-1. Senior Brandon Perry stole home after that to put BSC up 2-1, and Brown and freshman Taylor McCracken then both scored on two more errors. An RBI single from sophomore Jake Campbell brought junior Evan Grovenstein home to put the Panthers up 5-1 for what would turn out to be the game-winning run.

The Scots put up two more runs in the bottom of the fifth, scoring on a balk and a ground-out RBI to cut the lead to 5-3, but three more BSC runs in the top of the seventh put the Panthers back up 8-3. Hatley RBI doubled to left-center, and sophomore Tanner McGill and Bourbonnais both had RBI singles.

BSC scored its final run of the game in the top of the eighth on a Hatley RBI single, and Covenant scored once more in the bottom of the eighth, but it wasn't enough to overcome the five-run lead.

The Panther pitching staff combined to give up four hits and three earned runs with three walks and eight strikeouts. Sophomore Paul Caudill started and threw three innings, followed by freshman Wilson Jamison who threw 1.1 innings and got the win, the first of his collegiate career. Senior Ethan Wilkinson pitched the next inning, followed by 2.2 innings from Bourbonnais - who struck out four Scot batters - and one inning from senior closer Blake Yance.

The Panthers stay on the road this weekend for a Southern Athletic Association series against Millsaps, Friday through Sunday in Jackson, Miss. BSC will then face in-state rival Huntingdon, April 16 in Montgomery, before returning home to host Berry in the final conference series of the season.