One night after rapping out 17 hits in a 12-inning win over the Cumberland Bulldogs, the Bluefield College Rams were held hitless for 7 1/3 innings and fell 12-1 to Cumberland in the opening game of a Mid-South Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Bowen Field.
Jake Collier pitched no-hit ball for the Bulldogs for those 7 1/3 innings, facing one batter over the minimum through the first seven innings thanks to two double plays.
Dan Copeland broke up the no-hitter with a one-out hit between the shortstop and third baseman in the eighth. Chris McCollister followed with another hit to left that scored Jacob Wright, who had walked to open the inning, ending Collier’s shutout bid.
Cumberland took control of the game from the start. Chris Hall led off the game with a single to center off Bluefield starter Kenny Miranda. Ricky Coleman followed with a double to right and Sam Lind homered over the wall in right to give the visitors a quick 3-0 lead.
That was the exact same start as Bluefield’s win over the Bulldogs on Friday, with Cumberland’s first two batters getting on base and scoring on a Lind home run.
Miranda retired the side in order in the second but Cumberland added a digit to the board in the third, Lind scoring Hall on a double play to make it 4-0.
The Bulldogs’ bats came alive again in the fourth as they scored three hits on four hits. Josciel Veras doubled while Jake Byrd and Bryan Haney both singled. One run scored on Richie Seaton’s sacrifice fly to left, another on Haney’s hit, and the third on Lind’s single to right.
William Kane took to the mound for the Rams in the fifth and allowed a double to Tyler Anderson and Coleman’s double in the sixth scored another run.
The final burst from Cumberland came in the eighth when the Bulldogs plated four runs without the benefit of a hit. In the frame Kane walked four batters. One run scored on a walk and three touched home on a bases loaded, bases clearing two base error by leftfielder Jakob Schober.
While Bluefield got its initial hit in the eighth and pushed across a run, it was not enough and the game came to an end due to the 10-run rule when Zac Russell-Myers lined out to right.
Collier pitched the complete game, going eight innings and allowing one run on two hits. He struck out one and walked two. One batter was hit by a pitch and one reached on an error.
Miranda took the loss for Bluefield as gave up seven runs on nine hits, struck out two and walked two in four innings. Kane pitched the final four innings for Bluefield.
He allowed five runs, two of them earned on two hits. He struck out two and walked seven.
At the plate for Cumberland, Coleman was 3-for-3 with two doubles and a walk, Lind 2-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs and Hall 2-for-2 with three runs scored, two walks and a sacrifice.
Between the games of the doubleheader BC honored four seniors prior to their final home game of the season — Kahlin Villines, Russell-Myers, Lundgren and Wright.
At Bowen Field
Cumberland.............301 301 04 — 12 11 1
Bluefield....................000 000 01 — 1 2 1
Collier and Haney; Miranda, Kane (5) and Lundgren. W-Collier, L-Miranda, HR-Lind (C) 1st, 2 on.