No. 23 Panthers shut out Huntingdon, 13-0

Ryan Gaines (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Allowing only four hits by its opponent, the 23rd-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team shut out in-state rival Huntingdon 13-0 Wednesday evening at Striplin Field.

The Panthers move to 9-1, and the Hawks fall to 9-5.

BSC scored early and often, putting two on the board in the bottom of the first when sophomore Taylor McCracken came home on a wild pitch, and senior Evan Grovenstein scored on a sac-fly by senior Jeremy Hatley. In the bottom of the third Grovenstein scored again, this time on one of Huntingdon's two errors, and an RBI single by sophomore Brandon Marino in the bottom of the fourth plated freshman Zach Wingate to put BSC up 4-0.

Another Hawk error in the bottom of the fifth allowed junior David Bourbonnais to score, and a Wingate RBI single brought sophomore Matt Brown (who reached on the error) across the plate, extending the lead to 6-0.

The Panthers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth, courtesy of RBI singles from Bourbonnais, Brown, and Marino, as well as three runs scored on walks or hit batters.

Grovenstein and Wingate were both 2-3 at the plate, and Marino was 2-4. Freshman Ryan Gaines (3-0) started on the mound and gave up one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts in four innings of work. Freshman Stephen Himic, sophomore Wilson Jamison, Bourbonnais, and sophomore Kyle Royalty split the remaining five innings, combining to allow three hits and two walks with six strikeouts for a total of 13 strikeouts in the game.

BSC hosts No. 24 Millsaps this weekend in a three-game Southern Athletic Association series. Saturday's doubleheader begins at 1 p.m., as does Sunday's single game.