Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 17, 2013

Mountain Lions gobble up Pioneers

Wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ATHENS — Concord University baseball is officially on a roll.

The Mountain Lions won their fifth straight game on Saturday afternoon, beating Glenville State 24-4 at Anderson Field.

Concord (10-10, 5-2 WVIAC) scored more than 20 runs for the second time in three games and capped off a three-game sweep of the Pioneers (1-17, 0-7).

Jerrod Groves had a 3-for-3 day for Concord with a double, two runs scored and a team-high four RBI. Designated hitter Jacob Mays went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and one RBI.

The power hitting duo of junior Joey Miller and freshman Joe Camp both launched home runs and drove in three runs. Miller’s three-run home run was his sixth of the season and helped push his RBI total to 26, while Camp clouted his first homer.

Bret Blevins, who leads the team with 28 hits, drove in two runs and stole two bases, his 11th and 12th swipes of the year.

When starting pitcher Drew Spear was pulled after giving up three runs in a third of an inning, six Concord relief pitchers combined to surrender just one run and six hits in the final 8 2/3 innings of play.

Freshman Chris Kelly (1-0) earned his first victory as a Mountain Lion, after pitching 2 2/3 innings and scattering two hits and one run. Cody Justus, Ryan Weatherholtz, Justin Willard and freshman Austin Southcott all threw scoreless innings while freshman James Patton pitched two scoreless innings in relief.

Weatherholtz struck out three batters in his first appearance since Feb. 23.

Concord trailed 4-1 in the middle of the second inning, and responded with seven runs in the frame, highlighted by a two-run single from Blevins and Miller’s three-run bomb.

As a team, CU was 15-for-33 with runners on base. Concord batters led off with hits to start six of its eight innings at the plate.

The Mountain Lions look to finish off their nine-game homestand on Wednesday against Shepherd. First pitch at Anderson Field is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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BC, BSC fall

The baseball teams from Bluefield College and Bluefield State each took losses on the road on Saturday. The Rams dropped a 4-1 conference decision to St. Catherine (Ky.) and the Big Blues lost in Elkins, 16-0 to Davis & Elkins.

No further information was immediately available.