PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.—The No. 15 Birmingham-Southern baseball team won three games this week at the Snowbird Classic in Port Charlotte, Fla., defeating SUNY New Paltz, 6-3, and Otterbein University, 8-5, on Tuesday and College of Wooster, 13-5, on Wednesday. BSC moves to 18-3 and has won six straight games.
The game against SUNY New Paltz was originally scheduled for Monday but was delayed due to rain, turning Tuesday into a double feature. In game one, junior Paul Caudill (1-0) took to the hill for BSC and pitched 6 1/3 innings of three-hit, shutout ball. Caudill fanned four batters on the afternoon and issued only two walks. The platoon of freshman Mac Crawford, junior Brett Snider, and freshman Zach Rhodes combined to get the final eight outs of the game with Rhodes picking up his first save of the season.
Offensively, lead-off hitter sophomore Matt Brown drew a walk to open the game and after advancing to second following a failed pickoff attempt, and scored off of a RBI-single from junior David Bourbonnais.
With Caudill solidly in control on the mound, the Panthers made that 1-0 advantage hold until the top of the fifth when the Panther offense seized control of the game. With two outs and junior Jacob Mayfield on third and Bourbonnais on second, Mayfield came home on a wild pitch. One batter later, an RBI single from senior Jeremy Hatley brought Bourbonnais across the plate. Freshman Zach Wingate then stepped up to the dish and hit a triple that scored Hatley. In the sixth, BSC built on the 4-0 lead when a single from Brown scored junior Brandon Marino and sophomore Taylor McCracken.
In the bottom of the ninth SUNY New Paltz scored their only runs of the game to bring the tally to the final of 6-3.
In game two, BSC spotted Otterbein a two-run advantage when the Cardinals scored twice in the top of the first. The lead would only last until the fourth inning and would be Otterbein's only lead of the game. BSC's two-out rally was aided by three Otterbein errors, which loaded the bases. The final error brought home Mayfield. A McCracken single scored Hatley and then a walk issued to senior Ethan Netherton with the bases loaded plated Wingate.
Up 3-2 going into the sixth, the Panthers tacked on five more runs to claim a commanding 8-2 lead. With the bases loaded Netherton again earned a free pass that this time brought home Hatley. A fielder's choice then brought home Wingate. Then a series of three consecutive RBI singles scored the final Panther runs of the inning and game. Singles from senior Evan Grovenstein, Mayfield, and Bourbonnais, scored McCracken, Brown, and Grovenstein.
The eight runs of support would be enough for the Panther pitching trio of junior Ben Hession, sophomore Wilson Jamison (1-0), and freshman Ryan Gaines. The three combined to strike out six Otterbein batters.
Statistics were not immediately available for Wednesday's 15-3 win against Wooster.
The Panthers stay on the road this weekend for a Southern Athletic Association series against Berry College in Rome, Ga. The teams will play a Saturday doubleheader at 1 p.m. ET followed by a single game on Sunday, also at 1 p.m. ET.