BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Birmingham-Southern baseball team routed Rhodes College 11-4 in game one of the 2019 Southern Athletic Association Tournament Championship Series on Sunday afternoon.
The win keeps Birmingham-Southern perfect throughout the SAA tournament, so far.
The Panthers opened up the scoring with a single run in the first and added on to their lead with four and six runs in the third and fifth innings, respectively.
Senior designated hitter Tyler Hamel (Atlanta, Ga./Alpharetta HS) led BSC at the plate, going 3-of-4 from the plate with six RBI and a run scored. Accounting for over half of BSC's 11 runs in the game, Hamel's RBI single opened up the scoring. Then a three-run homer by Hamel in the third helped secure the important BSC win.
Six other Panthers had a hit in the game, including senior first baseman Tyler Wise (Birmingham, Ala./Spain Park HS), who had two hits, two runs and an RBI.
On the mound, senior right-hander Jake Cook (Oxford, Ala./Oxford HS) got the start, but it was sophomore Tristan Harvin (Dothan, Ala./Houston Academy) who earned the win. Harvin pitched four and one-third innings in relief of Cook, recording five strikeouts. The win pushed Harvin's win-loss record to 3-0 this season.
One more win by the Panthers and Birmingham-Southern will be the 2019 SAA Tournament Champion. The Panthers and Lynx will face off in game two of the championship series at Striplin Field on Monday, May 6 at 3 p.m. If a tiebreaker game is necessary, game three will be played following the conclusion of game two.
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