Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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March 3, 2014

Concord baseball sweeps Fairmont State

ATHENS — Dodging raindrops, Concord University finished off a four-game sweep of Fairmont State on the Anderson Field baseball diamond Sunday to start out its Mountain East Conference slate 4-0.

The Mountain Lions (7-3) rallied from 3-0 deficits in both of Sunday’s games to take 5-3 and 4-3 victories over the Falcons (0-8).

A pair of Kellys led the way for CU on the mound. Chris Kelly improved to 1-1 on the season with the win in game one. Freshman Zach Kelly earned his first collegiate victory in game two, and Barinder Rakkar picked up the save.

Andrew Seigel went 4-for-7 in the two games with two runs scored, one RBI and three stolen bases. Joey Miller, the Atlantic Region hitter of the week, had another productive day, going 3-for-6 with one run and three runs batted in.

Concord got only one hit off Fairmont State starter Nick Opferman (0-2) in the first three innings, but began its rally in the fourth inning of game one. Joe Camp’s RBI single to left scored Bret Blevins from second base for a 3-1 score.

The Mountain Lions scored four times in the fifth inning. Jerrod Groves’ two-run single plated Seigel and Brad Sullivan. Miller and Ryan Johnston provided the game’s decisive runs on back-to-back hits. Miller’s single scored Groves and Johnston’s double brought Miller home.

Chris Baker came on in relief of Chris Kelly in the sixth and allowed just one hit while striking out three batters over the game’s final two innings.

Seven Mountain Lions recorded hits in the opener.

Miller drove in two runs, with two outs on the scoreboard, to start Concord’s comeback in the third inning of game two.

Sullivan, who had doubled in the fourth, tied the game by scoring on a wild pitch. The go-ahead run came from Brandon Costa on a clutch two-out hit by Seigel.

The one-run lead was all the pitchers needed. Zach Kelly allowed just one Falcon hit after he got the lead, and earned the win with 4 2/3 innings of work. Rakkar allowed no hits and walked two batters.

Fairmont State’s Nic Rush (0-2) took the loss, allowing seven hits and four runs, two of them earned, in 5 2/3 innings.

Seigel was 3 for 4 in the finale and stole two bases. Sullivan swiped his fifth base of the year.

Concord is scheduled to host Notre Dame College starting at noon Saturday.

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