Bluefield Daily Telegraph
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.
W.Va. Wesleyan 16, Bluefield State 5
LINDSIDE — The Bluefield State baseball team got some much needed offense on Saturday afternoon, pounding out 10 hits against West Virginia Wesleyan, but six Big Blues’ errors, accompanied by 13 Bobcats hits, including two home runs from J.R. Tenney led to a 16-5 loss in a game played at James Monroe High School.
Bluefield State falls to 4-15 overall and 3-9 in WVIAC play, while the Bobcats are now 11-11 overall and 7-1 in the league.
West Va. Wesleyan was first on the board, leading off the game with three runs in the top of the first innings. Nick Jones led off the game with a single up the middle and advanced to third on an error in the outfield. Tenney drew a walk and Matt Edwards laced a RBI single up the middle to score Jones. Tenney scored on a groundout and Aaron Wiegel hit a RBI single to right field to put the Bobcats up 3-0.
The Big Blues tied the game up at the bottom of the first on a two-run homer from Alex Dunn and a solo homer from Clayton Ayers to knot the game at 3-all.
The Bobcats reclaimed the lead in the top of the third with the first Tenney home run and pieced together a four-run fourth inning on three hits and two errors to extend their lead to 8-3
The Big Blues will return to action Tuesday, April 2 when they host Seton Hill in a 1 p.m. twinbill at June O. Shott Field.