Staff, wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Jamie Blackwell’s single in the bottom of the ninth plated the game-winning run on Sunday afternoon as the Bluefield College baseball team defeated Pikeville 6-5 in the first game of a doubleheader at Bowen Field.
The Bears from Kentucky took the final game of the weekend series 11-8, scoring five runs in the final inning to overcome Bluefield’s 7-6 lead.
In game one, Bluefield banged out 12 hits and five batters for the Rams were 2 for 4 — Blackwell, Kahlin Villines, Jacob Wright, Chris Rosa and Kaleb Long.
Bryan Bradley gave Pikeville a 1-0 lead, scoring on a groundout. The Rams issued three doubles in the second, including RBI hits from Blackwell and Long, to take a 2-1 advantage.
Long’s two-out single in the sixth got Tyler Lundgren home and the Rams took a 4-2 lead.
Pikeville began the seventh with back-to-back doubles from Erik Manning and Pat O’Brien. The two hits removed Bluefield starting pitcher Justin Lykins, who went six innings and struck out five. The Bears added one more run in the inning, to take a 5-4 advantage.
Bluefield answered back in the bottom half. Relief pitcher Logan Sales walked Lundgren with the bases loaded and the game was tied again.
Zak Russell-Myers was brought on to pitch in the ninth for the Rams and struck out two to keep the game square.
In the final half-inning, Villines started Bluefield quickly with a double, with Wright following with a single to advance Villines to third. Rosa was intentionally walked, setting the stage for Blackwell’s no-out game winning single straight over second base.
Russell-Myers received the win for the Rams, while Sales picked up the loss. Russell-Myers then started game two.
Bluefield blasted out of a 2-0 deficit in the third with back-to-back two-out home runs. Villines drove in two with his drive to left, and Jacob Wright followed with a solo shot to deep left-center to give Bluefield (8-12, 3-6 Mid-South Conference) a 3-2 lead.
The Rams tied it in the fifth and gained the lead again in the sixth, 7-6. Errors plagued the Rams in the top of the seventh, as Pikeville plated five runs on just three hits.
Long drove in one run in the final frame, but the Rams could not muster a rally after that.
Manning led the Bears (7-8, 2-1), going 3-for-4. He and Luke Wright both drove in two runs.
Jacob Wright was given the loss as he came in during the seventh inning. Starting pitcher Zach Sutherland earned the win for Pikeville, pitching six innings.
Villines drove in a game high three runs thanks to 3-for-4 hitting for the Rams.
Bluefield is scheduled to return to Bowen Field this afternoon, facing Ohio State Lima.