Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Bluefield State baseball team erased a three-run deficit to University of Charleston to defeat the Golden Eagles 14-13 in 10 innings in the conference series finale Sunday afternoon at Triana Field.
The teams followed-up the extra-innings thriller with a seven-inning non-conference game that Charleston won 5-3.
The Golden Eagles (16-20, 12-12 WVIAC) held a 7-2 advantage after the bottom of the third but the Big Blues (7-24, 6-16) pulled to within one with a four-run fourth inning highlighted by a two-run triple from Dale Davis, his sixth triple and 16th extra base hit of the season. Tanner Lilly tied the game in the fifth with a RBI single to drive in Tyler Frazier.
The offense in the game continued to heat up as Charleston broke the tie in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five runs in the inning to extend their lead to 12-7. However, Bluefield State remained resilient, scoring three runs in the sixth inning. Alex Dunn hit a RBI SAC fly and Kyle Blocker belted a two-run single to pull the Big Blues to within two, 12-10.
The Golden Eagles scored their final run of the game in the seventh on a Robert Collin double to provide their three-run cushion.
Bluefield State followed by scoring three runs in the eighth to tie the game at 13. Clayton Ayers drove in the first run of the inning with a RBI single to bring home Frazier. Willie Yates hit a RBI SAC fly to right field and Sean Williams drove in the tying run with a RBI single to bring home Ayers.
Big Blues relief pitcher Jacob Muncy and the defense held Charleston scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings to force extra innings.
In the 10th inning Yates drove in the game-winning run on a RBI single to score Blocker and Muncy induced the three outs in the bottom of the 10th to seal the conference series finale victory.
Williams and Ayers led Bluefield State at the plate in the game, with both batting a near-perfect 4-for-5. Dunn led the game with three RBI’s.
Muncy came away with the win after scattering nine hits, surrendering three runs (one earned), walking two and striking out one over 5.2 innings on the mound.
Statistics for the second game were not available.
The Big Blues return to the diamond Wednesday afternoon when they host Wheeling Jesuit for a 1 p.m. conference doubleheader at June O. Shott Field.