Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 25, 2013

Concord slugs past Bluefield State

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — The Concord University baseball team scored its most runs in a game since the 2006 season, as 14 players recorded hits on the way to a 27-6 win over Bluefield State in non-conference action Wednesday at Anderson Field.

Bluefield State (7-30) scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but did not have an answer for a Concord offense that scored five runs in the bottom of the first and then exploded for 13 runs in a second inning that featured 11 hits and saw CU nearly bat around the lineup twice.

Concord (29-18) added four more runs in the third inning before a lengthy rain delay hit. CU came back from the break to post three runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth.

The Mountain Lions out hit Bluefield State 31-10. Of the 14 CU players with hits, 11 had multi-hit games including junior outfielder Chris Baker, who went 4-for-4 with four RBI and his first home run of the season.

Sophomore third baseman Ryan Johnston continued his hot streak with a 3-for-5 day at the plate that included five runs scored and six RBI. Johnston, who also walked twice, hit his eighth home run of the season; his second in as many games.

Over the last 13 games, Johnston is batting .551 with four home runs and 21 RBI.

Sophomore second baseman Jerrod Groves also had a big day at the plate, driving in four runs on three hits. Junior Designated hitter Tim Leather and freshman Brad Sullivan each recorded three hits with one of Sullivan's being a double.

Rounding out Concord's top run producers were junior outfielder Bret Blevins and freshman first baseman Joe Camp. The duo drove in two runs apiece off of matching two-hit efforts.

On the mound freshmen James Patton (Richlands) and Princeton’s Austin Southcott (1-0) did the majority of the work with Patton pitching the first 3.2 innings and Southcott coming on to throw the next 3.1 innings.

Both pitchers struck out three batters each. Sophomore Bryant Pybus and junior Will Zuspan pitched back-to-back perfect innings to end the game.

The Mountain Lions close out the home portion of its season with a record of 22-7 at Anderson Field.

Concord will finish its regular season with three West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference games this weekend against Bluefield State.

The weekend schedule has been shifted around with the two teams now scheduled to play a doubleheader Friday at Bluefield State as opposed to its originally scheduled Saturday doubleheader in Princeton.