Life so far in the Mid-South Conference has been a challenge for the Bluefield College Rams baseball team. Friday night at Bowen Field the No. 21 Campbellsville Tigers scored early and often to defeat the Rams 12-2 in an eight-inning game, shortened by the 10-run mercy rule.
Asked what he was able to take from the game, Bluefield coach Mike White said, “The sun will come up tomorrow.
“If you play the game long enough you are going to get some of these. Hopefully if you stay in it long enough you give them more than you get. That’s the good thing about the game. We’ll come back tomorrow and see what we can do.”
Campbellsville wasted little time in taking the lead. Loading the bases in the first off Bluefield starter Sean Williams, Aaron Schwoebel singled home two runs and the third scored on a BC error.
Bluefield responded with a score in its half of the opening inning. Zach Russell-Myers doubled to right, moved to third on an error and scored on another Campbellsville miscue.
Neither team scored in the third inning, but then Campbellsville went on a spurt were they scored one in the third and two runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to take a commanding 10-2 lead.
BC struck for a run in the fifth. Jacob Wright drew a one-out walk and scampered home on a double to left by Chris Rosa. Kaleb Long followed with a single to left to put runners on the corners, but they were stranded.
Campbellsville starting pitcher Patrick McMeel, who previously played at NCAA Division I New Mexico State, worked six innings of five hit ball and struck out nine Bluefield hitters. Drew Pettit pitched two innings of no-hit ball and struck out two.
Speaking of Campbellsville, White said, “If you watch them, they do it right. They are on and off the field, the things they do, the way they treat the game. They do some things right and to be one of the clubs in the Mid-South you’re going to have to do those things. That has kind of been our Achilles’ Heel. We have not been able to do that on a consistent basis.”
White refused to blame the weather and a six-day hiatus from game action for his team’s performance Friday evening.
“It’s that time of year where we should have enough reps in,” White said. “We are not going to use that (the weather) as an excuse for not putting a little bit better product on the field than we did tonight. We’ve got to play better.”
Williams pitched five-and-a-third innings for the Rams. He allowed 10 runs on 12 hits and struck out two. Anthony Garza pitched the final two-and-a-third innings for Bluefield. He gave up two runs on two hits and fanned one.
Kaleb Long had two hits and an RBI to lead Bluefield’s offense.
Angelo Simmons had three hits while Tanner Nielsen, Keaton Neeb, Schwoebel, Shayne Kelly, Carlos Torres all had a pair of hits for Campbellsville.
The teams will play a doubleheader this afternoon at Bowen Field with Justin Lykins and Russell-Myers starting on the mound for Bluefield College.
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At Bowen Field
Campbellsville.................301 222 02 — 12 14 2
Bluefield.........................100 010 00 — 2 5 6
McMeel, Pettit (7) and Neeb. Williams, Garza (6) and Ka. Long.