Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 24, 2014

Concord baseball takes first home series

ATHENS — Concord University took its first series win of 2014 by splitting two Sunday games with Pitt-Johnstown at Anderson Field in Athens. The Mountain Lions won 10-8 in the first game and then lost 13-8 to the visiting Mountain Cats, taking two of the three games in the weekend series.

Joey Miller led Concord (3-3) on Sunday, going 7 for 9 at bat in the two games with five runs batted in, three doubles and a home run — his second in the last three games. Andrew Seigel and Jerrod Groves also produced four-hit afternoons.

In the first game, the Mountain Lions broke a scoreless tie. Brad Sullivan’s double down the right-field line scored T.J. Brockway from first base. Concord added three runs in the fifth, sparked by consecutive singles from Groves, Ryan Johnston and Miller.

Pitt-Johnstown’s Kyle Morrow doubled to left field in the sixth, driving in two runs to cut CU’s lead to 4-2. Concord answered with six runs in its half of the inning.

Catcher Charlie Goss smacked a two-run home run off UPJ reliever Logan Fluke, and CU added runs off doubles by Johnston, Miller and Joe Camp. Brockway ended the splurge with an RBI single.

Pitt-Johnstown capitalized in the seventh inning on two throwing errors by third baseman Brockway, and an error by Johnston, to score four runs. In the next inning, the visitors scored the game’s last two runs, on a sacrifice fly by Nate Negri and a single by Dillon Boyer.

Senior relief pitcher Chris Baker stranded a Mountain Cat base runner in the ninth to preserve the victory. He allowed four hits and two runs in 2 2/3 innings. Senior Tyler Coyle picked up the pitching win. He gave up 11 hits but did not walk a batter in 6 1/3 innings.

UPJ’s Derek Younker took the loss after giving up four runs on nine hits in four innings.

The Athenians took a 6-2 lead into the fifth inning of game two, but UPJ scored 11 more runs in the seven-inning game — including seven runs in the sixth inning — and Concord could not keep up.

Jake Stern batted 5 for 5 for UPJ in the second game, driving in five runs, and Boyer was 4 for 4.

Mountain Cats reliever Ryan Socol retired the last two Concord batters with the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to earn a save and give UPJ its only win in the series.

Miller drove in three runs in the nightcap.

Concord starting pitcher Chris Kelly gave up nine hits and four earned runs in five innings. Dustin Nuckels came on in relief and was tagged with the loss, allowing three earned runs without striking out a batter. Tim Leather went 1 1/3 innings, giving up six runs.

UPJ’s Brantley Rice picked up the win by holding Concord to one run over three innings.

Concord continues its 11-game homestand with four games scheduled this Saturday and Sunday against Fairmont State.

At Anderson Field

Game one

Pitt-Johnstown...000   002   420  —    8  15  2

Concord..............000   136   00x  —  10  16  4

Younker, Socol (5), Fluke (6), Plummer (6), Chamberlain (7) and Morrow. Coyle, Baker (7) and Goss. WP - Coyle (1-1). LP - Younker (0-2). HR - CU, Goss (1), 6th, 1 on.

Game two

Pitt-Johnstown.....110   017   3  —  13  17  2

Concord................231   001   1  —    8  12  1   

Pope, Rice (4), Kriner (7), Socol (7) and Morrow. Kelly, Nuckels (6), Leather (6), Werner (7) and Costa. WP - Rice (1-0). LP - Nuckels (0-1). Sv - Socol. HR - CU, Miller (1), 1st, 1 on.

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