Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

April 13, 2013

Georgetown claims twinbill from Rams

BLUEFIELD — Georgetown baseball coach Micah Baumfeld and the Tigers enjoyed their first trip to historic Bowen Field.

“We love it, it is a very nice park, very hospitable. Everyone has been very nice out here,” Baumfeld said. “We are glad they are in our conference.”

Three wins in two days helped form those feelings, as the Tigers defeated Bluefield College 12-10 in 11 innings, and followed that up with an 8-1 victory in a Mid-South Conference twinbill on a sunny and windy Saturday in what was the Rams’ final home games of the season.

Georgetown (28-14, 15-6) also pulled out an 8-6 win on Friday for the Rams, who dropped to 17-24 on the season, and 5-15 in the MSC.

“Today and yesterday (was frustrating),” said Bluefield junior Chris Rosa, after the first game. “You have to come out and play and that is all you can do.”

Bluefield took an 8-6 lead into the top of the seventh in the opener, but the Tigers knotted the score at 8-8, and then built a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth. Rosa refused to allow the Rams to fold, clubbing a two-run opposite field home run over the left field fence to tie the score once again.

“It felt good, lately I have been staying on the ball, and just trying to go the opposite way and that is what I did,” Rosa said. “That was my favorite right there.”

Georgetown was finally able to push the lead runs across in the 11th when Martin Lemus crushed a Zak Russell-Myers pitch over the left field fence. Marvin Flores then added a two-out RBI single for the final margin.

“They did show some resiliency,” Baumfeld said. “Bluefield is a great team, they just kept putting it to us and I like the resiliency of our guys and we got the win.”

Once again, Bluefield fought back, with Rosa hitting a long double to right field that was held up by a stiff wind that blew most of the game.

“The wind held that one down a little bit, but it felt good off the bat,” Rosa said. “It was a tough loss, but we have to try and get another one.”

Jamie Blackwell followed with a walk, but Baumfeld stuck with right-hander Chris Villalobos, the third Georgetown pitcher who entered in the sixth. He was able to get a fly ball and the Tigers’ third double play to end the game.

“It was tough, he was on the ropes right there, but the defense picked us up,” Baumfeld said. “I can’t say enough about them.”

Georgetown out-hit the Rams 19-15, but Bluefield was able to overcome an early 1-0 deficit to lead 2-1 and 6-3. The teams combined for eight errors, and the each club used three pitchers in the marathon contest.

Bluefield was led at the plate by Rosa, who had five hits in the two games. Kahlin Villines had three hits in the opener, including a home run, driving two runs and scoring two more. Serrato and Lemus had six hits each for the Tigers in the twinbill..

Even though Bluefield has struggled somewhat in its first season in the MSC, White is confident in a league in which eight of its 11 teams are playing above .500 baseball with just a week remaining in the season.

“We battled, it was a good baseball game, we have played them three times and I think we are probably right there with them.” Bluefield head coach Mike White said. “It has been all right, it has been competitive, all of (the games) are like this.”

Baumfeld was especially impressed with the Bluefield hitters, who made life difficult for the Tigers on Friday and in Saturday’s opening game.

“Honestly, we have always been a good pitching team and no one has hit us as good as this team all year,” Baumfeld said. “These guys are good hitters over here at Bluefield.

“No one has hit us this bad all year and our pitchers keep coming back in the dugout and saying ‘Man, these guys are good hitters’. This is a good hitting team, this is going to be a good team.”

Both teams had to regroup after a marathon affair and play again.

“We played a four-hour game and now we have to play a seven inning game, but we just have to come out and battle again like we did in that game and yesterday and see if we can get a win,” Rosa said.

Bluefield used six pitchers in the finale, with the Tigers collecting 10 hits, including three from Serrato, who joined Jordan Hinshaw with a home run.

Shaun Meyer worked a six-hit complete game for the Tigers. Rosa and Kaleb Long had two hits each for the Rams.

“It is draining, not on me though,” said Baumfeld, whose Tigers had a five-hour bus ride waiting after the final game. “I am sure it is on the players, but we have got a seven-inning game (to play) and hopefully we will get the win and we have a long drive back.”

Bluefield still has a trip on Wednesday to Milligan, and a visit next weekend to Cumberlands (Tenn). The Rams are currently in 11th place, and will need to wins and get help to make the eight-team MSC tourney that opens the following week.

“It is solid competition, every team you play,” said Rosa, of the Mid-South. “There are some challenges like this with teams that battle, but you just have to tip your hat to them and try to get them in the next game.

“We are trying our hardest. If it is our way, it is our way, if not, we will come back next year and work that much harder.”

Bluefield recognized 10 seniors prior to the game, all of whom have helped the Rams in their transition to a new league.

“They battled, I have got about 10 of them,” White said. “They have done a good job for us, I am tickled with them.”

—Contact Brian Woodson

at bwoodson@bdtonline.com

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