Chenoweth scores on Myers' squeeze bunt to give Millsaps lead in SAA series
JACKSON, Miss. -- It took 13 innings, but a Jerrod Myers suicide squeeze bunt scored William Chenoweth and gave Millsaps a 5-4 win against Birmingham-Southern on Tuesday.
The win also gave the Majors a 1-0 series lead in the best-of-three SAA championship series.
The squeeze play was the perfect ending to a crazy game. The Majors went ahead 4-1 at the end of one inning thanks to five consecutive two-out hits. The big blow was a two-run double by Kevin Wall, one of four hits for him on the day.
After the wild first inning, both pitchers settled down. Majors' starter Will Edwards worked into the eighth and allowed three earned runs while striking out seven. The Panthers' Blake Stevens settled in and allowed just four more hits in his last six innings.
Birmingham-Southern tied the game in the eighth inning. The big blow was a single off the bat of the catcher Tanner McGill. He hit a ball off Edward's glove. Samuel Doucet tried to barehand the ball and throw out McGill, but his throw went wide and two runs scored on the play.
Each team had chances in the ninth inning and in extra innings. Twice the Panthers got the go-ahead run to third base to no avail. West Hammond threw 4.2 innings of shutout relief. The Majors put multiple runners on in the 11th and 12th but could not plate home the game-winner.
In the 13th, pinch-hitter Annon Etheridge doubled to lead off. Adam Bice pinch ran for Etheridge but was cut down on a fielder's choice that put William Chenoweth on first. Chenoweth then stole second and made it to third on a wild throw from catcher Jacob Mayfield. Myers then laid down a suicide squeeze with two strikes to steal the win for the Majors.
Harper Grier got the win, getting the final two outs in the 13th.
The Majors need just one win in Wednesday's doubleheader to capture the SAA crown.
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