MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern baseball team opened up the 2018 season with a win on Friday afternoon, coming back from an early deficit to defeat Methodist 22-11.
The Panthers found themselves in a hole early in the game after giving up nine runs to the Monarchs in the second inning. Sophomore Andy Hammond (Oxford, Ala./Oxford HS) started the game but was relieved by junior Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala./Oxford HS) after an inning and a third.
BSC rebounded in the top of the third inning, scoring seven runs of its own to cut Methodist's lead to 10-8 after three. From there, Cook took control of the game on the mound, striking out three and allowing just one run in three innings pitched.
After the third, the Panther bats continued to produce, as well. BSC added two runs in the fourth, three runs in the fifth, three runs in the seventh and plated six more runs in the eighth.
Freshman Tristan Harvin (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) took over for Cook in the sixth inning and continued where he left off. Harvin mostly silenced Methodist's bats, allowing an earned run in his first career inning pitched but struck out four in three innings. Harvin picked up the save for his efforts and Cook earned the win.
On offense, the Panthers were led by sophomore Will Toner (Atlanta, Ga./Marist HS) and junior catcher A.J. Hunt (Memphis, Tenn./Memphis University School). Toner was 3-for-5 with a walk, four runs scored and six RBIs. Hunt was a perfect 5-for-5 with two runs and five RBIs.
Birmingham-Southern is scheduled to play Huntingdon on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 2:30 p.m.