No. 16 Panthers shut out Millsaps to advance to SAA title series

Evan Grovenstein (photo by Cari Dean)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—After rain and lightning delayed the start of the game by four-and-a-half hours, the No. 16 Birmingham-Southern baseball team shut out Millsaps today, 6-0, to advance to the title series of the Southern Athletic Association Championship.

The top-seeded Panthers, who move to 33-10, will face No. 30 Rhodes for the SAA Championship in a three-game series at Striplin Field in Birmingham. Dates and times are still to be determined but will be announced soon. Rhodes was the third seed and won the bracket hosted by second-seeded Berry this weekend.

The tarp went on the field today just before the first pitch due to rain and storms moving rapidly into the Birmingham area. What was meant to be a noon start ended up having a 4:37 p.m. first pitch. Once the game got going, the Panthers wasted no time scoring, putting two runs up in the bottom of the first inning. Sophomore Matt Brown led off with a double to left-center field, and senior Evan Grovenstein walked before Brown scored on a failed pick-off attempt by the Majors. Grovenstein went to third on the error before scoring on a passed ball.

BSC added three more in the fourth after junior David Bourbonnais led off with a double followed by a single by senior Jeremy Hatley to move Bourbonnais to third. An RBI ground-out by junior Jake Campbell scored Bourbonnais, followed by an RBI single from junior Brandon Marino to plate Hatley. After a Brown sac bunt to put Marino on second, a Grovenstein RBI single to center field brought Marino home to put the Panthers up 5-0.

An RBI triple by Grovenstein in the sixth to plate Marino, who reached on a walk, wrapped up the game's scoring.

Senior Miles Nordgren (7-2) started and threw eight innings, allowing only four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Bourbonnais came in for the final inning and struck out one Major batter.