BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (May 6, 2019) – The No. 22-ranked Birmingham-Southern baseball team clinched the Southern Athletic Association (SAA) Tournament Championship, Monday, defeating Rhodes, 6-3.
The Panthers swept both games against the Lynx, winning the first game on Sunday 11-4 before earning the decisive victory on Monday.
BSC fell behind early on Monday when Rhodes tacked on two runs in the first inning. The Panthers knotted it back up in the third when Alfredo Granier scored on a wild pitch and Tyler Wise hit an RBI single to score Brian Williams.
In the sixth inning, the Lynx retook the lead 3-2 but it did not take long for BSC to take its first lead of the game. The Panther bats heated up started in the seventh. Williams singled to center field to score the go-ahead runner, Richie Misischia.
The Panthers added another run in the eighth off a Tyler Hamel solo home run and then capped the scoring in the ninth off an error and an RBI single by Will Evans.
Senior right-hander John Michael Shirley got the start and the win, pitching seven innings, striking out six and walking just two. Misischia came in in the eighth to relieve Shirley, striking out two and earning his sixth save of the season.
The SAA Tournament Championship is BSC's third overall and its first since 2016. The Panthers head out of the conference tournament with an overall record of 34-11 and are currently ranked second in the NCAA South Region. Birmingham-Southern will find out about its upcoming NCAA regional competition when the NCAA Selection Show is aired on Sunday, May 12.
2019 SAA All-Tournament Team
Tyler Hamel, Birmingham-Southern (MVP)
John Michael Shirley, Birmingham-Southern
Tyler Wise, Birmingham-Southern
Dylan Beasley, Berry
Jordan Gunter, Centre
Juan Pablo Leon, Hendrix
Mason Little, Millsaps
Jacob Gassert, Oglethorpe
Riley Brandvold, Sewanee
Wood Kimbrough, Rhodes
Jacob Telli, Rhodes