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Birmingham-Southern’s season ends on UW-Whitewater walk-off homer at DIII School World Collection

The storybook season is over for the Birmingham-Southern College baseball team. Now, the program is finished as well. Sam Paden hit a home run — his second of the game — in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Wisconsin-Whitewater an 11-10 win in an elimination game at the Division III College World Series

Birmingham-Southern’s season ends on UW-Whitewater walk-off homer at DIII School World Collection

The storybook season is over for the Birmingham-Southern College baseball crew. Now, this system is completed as properly.

Sam Paden hit a house run — his second of the sport — within the backside of the ninth inning to provide Wisconsin-Whitewater an 11-10 win in an elimination sport on the Division III School World Collection in Eastlake, Ohio. The Warhawks will play Salve Regina on Monday for an opportunity to go to the match semifinals.

UW-Whitewater beforehand gained the Division III championship in 2005 and 2014.

SURVIVE AND ADVANCE:

Whitewater ends Birmingham-Southern’s Cinderalla run, finishing a comeback on a Sam Paden walk-off homer.@UWWBaseball is considered one of 4 groups left within the DIII School World Collection.

📷: NCAA pic.twitter.com/bUDDBIGVx0

— Andrew Bandstra (@andrewbandstra) June 2, 2024

Birmingham-Southern drew national attention when the baseball crew advanced to the DIII World Series, outlasting the lifetime of its precise establishment. The personal liberal arts faculty in Birmingham, Alabama with an enrollment of 1,300 college students closed as a consequence of monetary difficulties after 168 years of existence. The varsity shut its doorways on Might 31, the identical day that the Panthers opened match play.

UW-Whitewater opened the scoring within the second inning with its outfielders battering Panthers beginning pitcher Carter Tyus. Paden and Dominik McVay hit back-to-back residence runs, every working 3–1 counts earlier than going deep. The Warhawks added one other run on an RBI single from Matt Scolan to construct a 3–0 lead.

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The Panthers roared again

McVay adopted up with a wonderful catch within the third, diving onto the warning observe in left heart discipline to rob Ty Truett of a leadoff extra-base hit. Nevertheless, Birmingham-Southern got here proper again with a two-run shot by Eli Steadman to make it a 3–2 ballgame.

Within the fourth, Jackson Webster led off with a house run to tie the rating. That was the start of BSC leaping on Hagen with a double from Ian Hancock, a Charlie Banks triple and a Jakob Zito single that resulted in two extra runs and a 5–3 lead.

Let the slugfest in Eastlake start

But the Warhawks punched proper again, tying the rating on a two-run homer by Scolan. And what became a slugfest in an elimination sport was on.

Birmingham-Southern exploded for 4 runs within the fifth inning, began by a catcher’s interference name, three consecutive hits and a hit-by-pitch. That chased reliever Cade Hansen, however Max Huseboe got here in to permit an RBI single by Zito.

The Panthers tacked on one other run within the sixth for a ten–5 lead, however UW-Whitewater scored runs within the seventh and eighth — each fueled by hits from Scolan — to chip away on the deficit.

FRANK DOES FRANK THINGS

Eli Frank ties it up with a 2-run BOMB to left heart

It is a 10-10 sport with 2 outs within the backside of the eighth pic.twitter.com/vsrwEMmgWR

— UWW Baseball (@UWWBaseball) June 2, 2024

That arrange first baseman Eli Frank to launch a two-run homer off Hansen McCown to tie the rating at 10–10 within the eighth. The Warhawks threatened to take the lead, following up with two straight singles. Andy Thies hit a deep drive to left heart, however Steadman caught it on the warning observe to finish the inning.

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Birmingham-Southern lost Friday’s opener to Salve Regina, placing them prone to elimination with one other loss. Nevertheless, the Panthers defeated Randolph-Macon in a thrilling comeback, walk-off win on Saturday to remain alive within the match. The win offered one other alternative to advance for a rematch with Salve Regina, however that will not occur now.

A compelling story reaches its finish

Birmingham-Southern School, based in 1856, fought for the previous two years to revive its endowment. Sadly, laws for a $30 million mortgage that might’ve saved the varsity open didn’t go within the Alabama State Home. In March, the school determined to shut.

Since head coach Jan Weisberg knowledgeable his gamers that the varsity would shut, the Panthers went 19–6. A number of of the athletes have discovered new packages the place they’ll play baseball, whereas Weisberg and his workers are working to assist others make such preparations. Some have determined to stroll away from baseball as soon as the season ended. And 10 gamers on the crew have graduated.

“At first, there was loads of unhappiness,” Cole Steadman, a member of the 2019 crew that performed for the Division III title, told the Associated Press. “We had been fairly devastated to listen to that the varsity was shutting down, however to see the neighborhood come collectively has been particular.”

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