CHARLESTON, S.C. – A day after allowing 22 hits and 17 runs in a loss to Charleston Southern, the Birmingham Southern Panthers flexed some muscle of their own in sweeping a doubleheader from the Buccaneers on Saturday afternoon. Birmingham Southern won game one, 5-1, and captured game two, 11-5.
Birmingham Southern, the defending Big South Conference regular season champions, improved to 16-8 overall and 5-1 in the Big South. Charleston Southern falls to 16-11 overall, 4-5 in the league. The losses snapped CSU’s eight-game winning streak and ended CSU’s home winning streak at 14 games, dating back to last season.
Birmingham Southern starter Brandon Hynick (4-1) dominated game one on the hill, allowing just three hits in his second complete game shutout of the season. Hynick allowed just one hit after the first inning, finishing with eight strikeouts.
The Panthers did most of their damage in the third inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-1 lead off of CSU starter Brad Bissell. Bissell (2-3) settled down after the third, allowing seven hits over eight innings. BSC added two insurance runs off the CSU bullpen in the ninth.
Second baseman Jonathan Sanford and shortstop Matt Barber had two hits each in game one while centerfielder Scott Billak had two RBI.
In game two, Birmingham Southern scored in five of the first six innings, building a 9-4 lead after six innings off CSU starter Ryan Sowers. Sowers lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing nine runs on 13 hits to fall to 5-1 on the season.
Charleston Southern chased Birmingham Southern starter Mac Godwin in the second inning, scoring four runs on seven hits. Godwin’s replacement, Bailey Pratt (2-0), proceeded to shut down the Buccaneers through the next four innings, allowing four hits and one run before leaving in the seventh with a 10-4 lead.
Casey Bond had four hits and four RBI and Blake Burton added two hits and three RBI to pace Birmingham Southern’s 16-hit attack in game two. Shortstop Matt Barber also had three hits.
Jordan Haar and Brad Woods led CSU with three hits each while Brian Sole added two hits and three RBI. Haar, CSU’s career homerun and RBI leader, moved to within three hits of tying CSU’s all-time hit record.