Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 27, 2014

Concord takes 3 of 4 from Hilltoppers

ATHENS — There was plenty of drama in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader between Concord and West Liberty. In the second game, not so much, but Concord fans left Anderson Field happy.

An opening game scheduled to go seven innings ended up going nine, resulting in a 3-2 win by the visiting Hilltoppers. Concord recovered quickly, earning an 11-0 victory to take the weekend series three games to one.

West Liberty (23-22, 19-17 Mountain East) got an RBI double from Tim Hughes and a sixth-inning run-scoring single by Mike Johnson to take a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning of game one.

Concord (32-14, 29-11) was down to their final two outs in the seventh, but loaded the bases for pinch hitter T.J. Brockway. The junior delivered a hit into right field that drove in Ryan Johnston and pinch runner Eli Flynn.

Charles Goss was thrown out rounding third, and the game went to extra innings.

John Brunner’s RBI single in the ninth gave the visitors their lead, and pitcher Greg Stagani retired Concord in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory.

In two innings of relief, Stagani (4-1) allowed just one hit and struck out three CU batters. Hughes, the starter, allowed five hits and two earned runs in five frames.

Concord starter Chris Kelly pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and two runs, one of which was earned. He struck out four batters. Tim Leather (4-1) took his first loss of the year in relief.

Concord pounded out 16 hits in game two. Johnston and Brandon Costa each drove in runs in the second inning. The Mountain Lions added six more runs in a fourth inning that featured seven hits and six consecutive RBI.

Three more runs scored in the sixth, off hits from Johnston, freshman Patrick Thompson and Brockway’s third RBI of the day. Thompson is now 2-for-2 as a pinch hitter.

Kevin Mack (2-1) struck out four batters in six innings for Concord, and Brandon Tucker finished it up on the mound. West Liberty tried five pitchers to halt the Concord offense.

A trio of Mountain Lions recorded hits in both games Sunday as Joe Camp went 4-for-6 followed by Jerrod Groves at 3-for-8 and Bret Blevins, who extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a 3-for-7 day at the plate.

West Liberty’s Anthony Pierro was 2 for 3 in each of Sunday’s games.

Concord, firmly entrenched in second place in the league standings, wraps up the regular season with a pair of doubleheaders in Athens next Saturday and Sunday against conference opponent UVa-Wise. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. each day.

A sweep of the Cavaliers would give CU 36 wins on the season, tying the most single-season victories in program history.

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