Baseball Recap (Week 4) - Around the SCAC

Baseball Recap (Week 4) - Around the SCAC

SUWANEE, Ga. - The game of the week was highlighted by a most unlikely Hendrix win over Trinity on Feb. 27. Trailing 12-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Warriors scored six runs to avoid a run-rule loss. The defending SCAC champions then scored five times to win the game in the bottom of the ninth.


Austin College swept its three game series against Southwestern over the weekend, taking the doubleheader by scores of 11-8 and 8-5 on Saturday before closing out the weekend with a 6-3 win on Sunday. On Saturday, the ‘Roos got a 3-for-3 performance with two RBI and three runs scored from Scooter Merritt and Andy White knocked in three runs while Tyler Steed earned the victory, surrendering four earned runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings of work in the 11-8 win. In the second game, the ‘Roos fell behind early but jumped ahead thanks to a three run fourth inning and Brian Buehler’s two run homer in the bottom of the eighth closed the door on the Pirates. Buehler went 4-for-5 in the game and White went 3-for-5 while Will Chermak picked up the win, striking out 10 batters in 5.0 innings. On Sunday, the ‘Roos ran their winning streak to five games with the three run victory behind a 3-for-3 performance from White.

Birmingham-Southern continues to roll, winning five games in the last week to improve to 7-1 on the season. Monday the Panthers defeated NAIA Martin Methodist 11-10 in 11 innings in their home opener. They then proceeded to sweep a weekend round-robin with Arcadia (Pa.) University, Mount St. Joseph (Ohio), and Huntingdon College. The Panthers began the weekend with a 13-6 win over the Arcadia Knights on Friday. Mount St. Joe gave a closer game Saturday morning, but the Panthers took that one 7-2 before overwhelming Arcadia again, 22-3, in the afternoon. They closed out the weekend yesterday with a single game against in-state rival Huntingdon, defeating the Hawks 12-2. The Panthers will look to continue their current seven-game winning streak this weekend with another round robin with Wabash and Adrian Colleges.

Centre's season-opening doubleheader against Earlham College was postponed due to weather, but the Colonels did open the 2010 season with a pair of losses Sunday at Maryville (Tenn.). The Scots won game one 6-5 in eight innings and then also won game two 6-5. In game one, Centre scored five runs in the first inning on five hits, but only had one hit the remainder of the way. Game two saw the Colonels fall behind 5-1 after two innings. They tied the game at five, but allowed a run in the bottom of the fifth to fall for the second time on the day. Centre, now 0-2, will host Maryville Wednesday and then travel to Sewanee during the weekend to open conference play.

DePauw is 3-3 on the season following a doubleheader split with Transylvania in games played at Louisville's St. Xavier High School. The Tigers won the opener by a 10-4 score and dropped the nightcap, 6-2. DePauw pitchers Brad Gerlach and Elliott Ross combined to strike out 19 hitters and allow no walks in the first game with Gerlach collecting six in four innings and Ross totaling 13 in five inning of relief. Taylor Hoffman paced the Tigers with four of DePauw's 14 hits, while Alex Jacques, Jon Newman, Sam Linette and Jason Cohen each added two. Newman and Linette drove in three apiece and Hoffman scored three. Ross improved to 1-1 with the win. DePauw jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the second inning of game two, but the Pioneers scored four in the third and one in the fourth and eighth for the win.

Hendrix completed the weekend sweep over SCAC West Division foe Trinity on Sunday with a 7-4 victory after completing a 13-12 ninth-inning come back win on Saturday. Hendrix (5-5 overall/2-4 SCAC) snapped a five game skid on Saturday and Sunday's win marked its fifth consecutive win over the Tigers bridging the past two seasons. Hendrix rallied for 11 runs in the seventh and ninth innings and held Trinity to just one hit in the last six frames to post a thrilling come-from-behind at Warrior Field. Trinity was just two outs away from earning a 12-2 mercy rule win in the bottom of the seventh until Hendrix rattled off six runs, highlighted by sophomore CF Aaron Bowen’s two-run triple to right and sophomore SS Clark Sims’ two-run single up the middle. Eric Mathis hammered a shot over the shortstop’s head to knot the game and the left fielder bobbled the grounder to send Harr racing home for the game winner.

Millsaps dropped its first two games of the week on the road at Belhaven University and Huntingdon College before righting the ship with a pair of home games against Piedmont College. Against the Blazers, the Majors were only able to score two runs on six hits and allowed a season-high 18 hits as they fell 11-2 at Smith-Wills Stadium on Tuesday. Millsaps headed to Huntingdon for a make-up game on Wednesday and held a 2-1 lead late in the game before allowing the tying run in the seventh and the eventual game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning in a 6-2 loss. Returning home for a weekend series with Piedmont College, the Majors pulled out a thrilling 10-inning victory by taking advantage of two hit-batters in the tenth inning to set up Josh Ordeneaux for the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to take the win 6-5 Saturday afternoon at Twenty Field. Facing the Lions again Sunday afternoon, Millsaps found its offense scoring 10 runs on nine hits to cruise to the 10-3 non-conference victory.

After a 2-1 week Oglethorpe moved its record to 7-2 on the season which represents Oglethorpe’s best start to a campaign since joining the SCAC in 1991. The Petrels finished a two-game sweep of Washington and Lee on Monday with a walk-off, bottom of the 9th grand slam from Joseph Parillo in his first at-bat of the year to beat the Generals, 11-10. The Petrels trailed Washington & Lee 10-6 entering the ninth after blowing a 6-4 lead. Matthew Cornwell got the win in relief for the Petrels. LaGrange topped the Petrels the following day by the score of 14-7. On Saturday, Oglethorpe topped Johnson and Wales by the score of 4-1. Cornwell threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out 16 Johnson & Wales batters. The 16 strikeouts is an Oglethorpe modern record, surpassing the mark of 14 set by teammate Mark Hoban last year. J.J. Rizzo was 2-for-4 for the Petrels, with a home run, a double and two runs scored. Cornwell had an RBI double to go with his brilliant pitching performance, and was 1-for-3. The Petrels will next be in action next Saturday, when they will face Concordia-Selma in a doubleheader starting at noon from Anderson Field.

Rhodes went 2-1 this week as they traveled to Atlanta, Ga. for the Rawlings Classic hosted by Emory University. Rhodes defeated Emory 5-3 on Friday, LaGrange 19-5 on Saturday, before falling to York (Pa.) 8-7 on Sunday. Sophomore Austin Carden picked up his second victory of the year against Emory, as junior Taylor Babich improved to 2-0 against LaGrange. Sophomore Brian Lainoff picked up his first loss of the year on Sunday. The Lynx bullpen was dominate all weekend working 12.2 innings, allowing 10 hits, five runs, two earned, struck out nine and walked two. The bullpen as a whole held their opponents to a .208 average and had a 1.42 ERA. The Lynx offense was led by freshman IF Nick Belisle and sophomore LF Travis Perkins. Belisle hit .500 on the week (5-10) with a grand slam, eight RBIs, four runs, two walks, got hit by a pitch, and stole a base. Belisle had a .615 on base percentage. Perkins hit .667 (6-9) with a double, three RBIs, three runs, five walks, and stole three bases. Perkins had a .785 on base percentage. This week Rhodes will take on NAIA opponent Union (Tenn.) on Tuesday before having their first home weekend of the year, hosting Marietta College on Saturday and Blackburn College on Sunday.

Sewanee played a double header against Maryville (Tenn.) on Saturday, and after falling 13-5 in the opener, Sewanee hurler Logan Ray pitched a three-hitter in the narrow 1-0 loss to the visiting Scots in the nightcap. Alan Komorowski logged five hits on the day to lead the Tigers at the plate. He is batting .438 on the year. On Sunday, Sewanee hosted North Park and after falling back 13-1 early, rallied to score nine unanswered runs, bringing the score to 13-10. A double play in the bottom of the ninth with the bases loaded ended Sewanee's rally and the visiting Vikings took home the three-run win. Sewanee is now 0-5 and will play a DH against Piedmont Tuesday before hosting Centre in SCAC play this weekend.

Southwestern had a tough week on the road as they dropped three conference games at Austin College to fall to 3-12 on the year and 0-5 in SCAC action. Injuries continue to hinder the Pirates as they were within one swing of the bat in all three games, but were unable to pull out the victory. The Pirates return home for one game on Tuesday to play host to the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor at 6:00 pm. The two teams met earlier in the season in Belton and split a double-header. Following Tuesday night's game Southwestern will host SCAC rival Trinity for a three game series beginning on March 6th at 1:00 pm.

Trinity was swept in a two-game series at Hendrix this past weekend, despite holding leads in both games. In Saturday’s series opener, the Tigers took a 12-2 lead after three innings and seemed well on the way to a win. Hendrix scored six runs in the seventh to avoid the game ending in a run rule, and then the Warriors posted a five-run ninth to steal an unlikely victory. Hendrix then won 7-4 in game two to finish off the weekend sweep. Trinity will take on Texas Lutheran University Tuesday evening in San Antonio, then will be back on the road in continued SCAC action. Trinity and Southwestern meet up for a three-game series in Georgetown on Saturday and Sunday.

For the complete SCAC Diamond Weekly for Week 4, click here.