Staff, wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
The Concord Mountain Lions and Seton Hill Griffins, the clubs picked to finish first in their respective halves of the West Virginia Conference this season, faced off to begin league play on Sunday afternoon at Anderson Field.
The visitors from Pennsylvania took a doubleheader sweep with 11-2 and 3-2 wins, giving coach Marc Marrizaldi his 300th coaching win in the process.
Pat McCarthy and Nick Sell drove in two runs each in Seton Hill’s six-run second inning in game one. Sell and Brendan Costantino added solo home runs in the third inning for an 11-0 score.
Concord managed its two runs in the seventh inning. Devin Smith scored on a groundout by Jacob Mays, and Brandon Costa got home on a passed ball. Smith was 2 for 2 in the first game and Jerrod Groves hit a triple.
Drew Spear (0-3) took the loss, facing 13 batters in 1 1/3 innings and giving up seven hits and seven earned runs. Alex Haines picked up his first win of the season for Seton Hill, striking out five CU batters in four innings and scattering for hits.
In game two, the Griffins’ Jackson Boyd hit a two-RBI single in the second inning, but Concord limited the damage when third baseman Ryan Johnston fielded a ground ball and fired it to catcher Charles Goss, who tagged out Boyd as he tried to score from third.
Concord tied the game in their half of the inning. Smith’s sacrifice fly drove in Joey Miller and T.J. Brockway doubled to left to bring Johnston home.
Boyd’s solo home run to left-center in the sixth ended the scoring. It also ended the day for Concord starter Tyler Coyle (1-2). Tim Leather took over on the mound and finished with a perfect 1 2/3 innings. He has allowed runs in just three of his seven appearances this year.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, Concord’s Bret Blevins battled pitcher Brett Sullivan through 11 pitches, including four consecutive foul balls, before striking out to end the contest.
Sullivan (2-0) took the complete-game win for Seton Hill (6-3, 2-0), allowing the two earned runs and five hits. He also struck out three, walked one and hit five batters.
Concord (5-10, 0-2) travels to Wheeling Jesuit for a doubleheader 1 p.m. Tuesday.