BLUEFIELD — The West Virginia State baseball team swept Bluefield State 9-0 and 5-3 in a doubleheader Sunday afternoon at June O. Shott Field to sweep the WVIAC conference series. The Yellow Jackets (24-15, 21-6 WVIAC) won the series opener 11-5 Saturday afternoon.
In the opener, the game remained scoreless until the top of the fifth when Cody Smith scored on a Big Blues (7-27, 6-19 WVIAC) error to put West Virginia State up 1-0.
In the top of the sixth, the Yellow Jackets broke the game open with an eight-run inning, scoring their eight runs on seven hits for the deciding 9-0 margin. Cody Smith and Jack Hudson each hit two-run doubles and Andrew Pickering hit a two-run single to highlight the inning for West Virginia State.
Russell Thompson pitched the complete-game shutout for the Yellow Jackets, limiting Bluefield State to only five hits while striking out five batters.
J.C. Pennington earned the first-game loss for Bluefield State, giving up four hits, five runs (four earned), walking four batters and striking out one.
In the nightcap, West Virginia State was first on the board as Alex Payne blasted a RBI single to right field to drive in Noah Blackhurst in the first inning. The Big Blues countered in their half of the first as Tyler Frazier hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Sean Williams who led the inning off with a triple.
The Yellow Jackets reclaimed the lead in the second on a RBI single from Cody Smith.
Bluefield State took a 3-2 the lead in the fourth thanks to RBI singles from Antonio Bolden and Robert Haggerty.
The Big Blues maintained their one-run cushion until the sixth, when Bill Smith blasted a two-run double to left center to give the visitors a 4-3 lead. Pickering drove in a security run with an RBI double down the left field line for the final 5-3 score.
Caleb Toparis earned the win while Joshua Falbo picked up the save for West Va. State. Alex Quick came away with the loss for the Big Blues.
Anthony Payne and Blackhurst led the Yellow Jackets in the doubleheader with three hits apiece while Dale Davis recorded three hits for the Big Blues.
Bluefield State returns to action Tuesday, traveling to Phillipi for a conference doubleheader with Alderson-Broaddus.