Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

College Sports

March 30, 2013

College roundup:Rams earn split with Tigers

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield College Rams earned a doubleheader split with the No. 21 NAIA Campbellsville Tigers, Saturday afternoon at Bowen Field in a Mid-South Conference showdown.

Campbellsville claimed a 4-2 nine-inning victory.

Bluefield took the early lead, playing small ball in the second inning to push across a run. Chris Rosa and Jacob Wright had back-to-back singles and each advanced a ase on Kaleb Long’s sac bunt. Rose scored on Kyle Long’s ground out to second, giving the Rams a 1-0 lead.

Campbellsville answered with a trio of runs in the fourth, stringing together singles, walks and even a Bluefield error to take the lead. The Tigers added one more in the fifth.

The Rams  run came when Zach Russell-Myers tripled and scored Will Simpson who had earlier singled.

Justin Lykins suffered the defeat for Bluefield despite allowing only four hits and pitching a complete game. Sean Bouthilette picked up the win for Campbellsville.

Russell-Myers, Wright, Rosa and Simpson had two hits apiece for Bluefield.

Bluefield took game two, a scheduled seven-inning affair, 4-1.

Campbellsville took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first only to see Bluefield answer with Russell-Myers’ second home run of the year in the bottom of the first to knot things at one.

Bluefield touched home three times in the third, the big hit an RBI-double by Wright.

Russell-Myers also picked up the pitching victory as he worked a complete game and threw a four hitter. Bret DeRooy was tagged with the loss.

Russell-Myers had two hits and an RBI for the Rams and Kaleb Long had two RBIs.

Bluefield is now 14-18 overall and 4-11 in Mid-South Conference play.

Concord sweeps Ohio Valley

ATHENS — Concord University baseball team extended its winning streak to five games Saturday by scoring 17 runs in back-to-back games to take a doubleheader from Ohio Valley 17-1, 17-12 at Anderson Field.

The victories gives Concord a three-game sweep in the season series against Ohio Valley and improves the Mountain Lions’ record to 17-13 overall and 12-5 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference competition. OVU falls to 3-19 on the year and 0-12 in the WVIAC.

The wins also mark the fifth and sixth straight games in which Concord has scored at least 11 runs.

Freshman designated hitter Joe Camp had his best day as a Mountain Lion as he combined to go 7-for-9 with 8 RBI, five runs scored, two home runs and two doubles. Camp is now batting .417 on the year.

Saturday’s opener was never in doubt as Concord’s offense scored 13 runs in the first three innings while sophomore pitcher Kevin Mack (2-0) didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning in a dominant five-strikeout, five-hit performance in the CU victory.

For the game, Camp finished 3-for-4 with five RBI, two home runs and three runs scored. Freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel was a perfect 5-for-5 from the top of the CU batting order while Devin Smith went 3-for-4 with four runs and two RBI.

Miller concluded the opener 3-for-3 with four RBI, giving him 43 on the season, with a double and a walk.

Concord will look to continue its winning streak when it steps out of conference play for a nine-inning game at King College,  April 3.

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