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April 20, 2013

Concord sweeps W.Va. Wesleyan

ATHENS — Concord University extended its win streak to four games with a  doubleheader sweep of West Virginia Wesleyan 9-0 and 14-3 on Saturday at Anderson Field.

Leading the Concord (27-16, 22-7 WVIAC) offense were Ryan Johnston, Joey Miller and Josh Wenger, who combined to go 13-for-23 with nine runs scored, 11 RBI and five doubles.

Individually, Miller was 5-for-9 on the day with four runs and five RBI.

On the mound, Ryan Weatherholtz (3-1) tossed a four-hit complete game shutout in the opener while Tyler Coyle (5-4) went six strong innings in game two for the win.

In the first game, RBI doubles from Wenger and Jarrod Groves helped Concord to a three-run second inning. In the fourth, after Jacob Mays scored on a wild pitch, Devin Smith, Joe Camp, Johnston, Miller and Wenger drove in five straight runs to give the Mountain Lions their 9-0 lead.

CU wasted little time gaining a 4-0 lead in the second game via RBI hits from Johnston, Miller, Wenger and Mays in the first inning.

Concord registered 13 hits in game one and 17 in the second game.

In the seventh, freshman Austin Southcott got out of a two-on, one-out jam by inducing a game-ending double play to secure the win.

W.Va. State 11, Bluefield State 5

BLUEFIELD — West Virginia State strung together seven straight singles in the eighth inning, scoring six runs to take control from the Big Blues in the opener of a three game series Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Butcher went the distance on the mound while Tyler Payne and Cody Smith each hit home runs for State.

Cumberland sweeps BC

LEBANON, Tenn. — The Bluefield College Rams could not muster a run on Saturday, falling to Cumberland University 6-0 and 1-0. Cumberland, ranked 15th in the NAIA, took all three weekend games from BC (17-27).

In Saturday’s first game, Kahlin Villines was 2 for 3 for Bluefield, which collected four hits. Justin Lykins pitched six innings, giving up seven hits and six runs, three earned, to take the loss.

In the final game, Bluefield’s Will Simpson was 2 for 2 with a double. Zac Russell-Myers gave up four hits and the game’s only run for the hard-luck loss.

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