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Baseball Takes on B-SC

Baseball Takes on B-SC

ROME, Ga. – No. 9/11 Shenandoah University continues its run in the 2016 NCAA Baseball Championships Thursday evening with a 6 p.m. game against No. 5/6 Birmingham-Southern.

The Panthers, at 38-11, have the most wins of any team in the nation and have been ranked as high as No. 2 in the country this season.

B-SC advanced to the NCAA Tournament by winning the SAA championship and was a 7-0 victor over USA South Champion Huntingdon in Wednesday's first round.

Tonight's game is the second meeting between SU and the Panthers in the past three years. In the 2014 South Regional, played at Piedmont College, Shenandoah was a 5-4 winner over B-SC in 11 innings.

Senior Darrell Thompson (5-2) takes the hill for the Hornets tonight. Thompson is 2-0 in NCAA play in his career, defeating Covenant in 2014 and Adrian (Mich.) last season.

This season, the southpaw was the winning pitcher in a 14-0 victory over NCAA Tournament participant Case Western Reserve and also had no-decisions in starts against fellow tournament teams Misericordia and Randolph-Macon.

Thompson has a 23-6 career record with 224 strikeouts in 257 1/3 innings pitched.

Birmingham-Southern is hitting .317 as a team with senior Taylor McCracken leading the group at .402. The Panthers also love to run – B-SC has an even 100 stolen bases this season on 121 attempts. Four players, led by McCraken's 23, have at least 12 steals.

Junior right-hander Stephen Himic figures to be tonight's starter. He is 8-3 with six complete games in 13 starts this year and sports a 2.23 ERA in addition to 72 strikeouts in 92 2/3 innings pitched.

Tonight's game will again be streamed over the web. Links for the game can be found here.

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