Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 11, 2013

Big Blues swept in baseball home opener

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield State baseball team opened WVIAC play with a 7-5 and 13-6 loss to West Liberty University Sunday afternoon at June O. Shott Field.

The Hilltoppers (2-1) received a strong outing on the mound from Mark Smyth in the opener who scattered eight hits over six innings of work and surrendered five runs (three earned) while striking out five to pick up the game one win. Josh Graham picked up the save after pitching a hitless seventh inning.

For the Big Blues (0-8), Alex Quick was tagged with the loss after pitching 1 1/3 relief innings and giving up two runs, one of them earned.

Jarrod Falasca and Mike Johnson led WLU at the plate, going 2-for-3 in game one while Sean Williams and Crachad Laing also tallied two hits to lead BSC.

In game two, the Big Blues jumped out to an early 6-0 lead after two innings but the relief pitching of the Hilltoppers rendered BSC scoreless for the remainder of the game.

The Hilltoppers offense erased their deficit with three runs in the fourth inning and a four-run fifth. WLU put the game away in the sixth with another four-run inning highlighted by the second double from Taylor Snare.

Snare finished the game perfect from the plate, going 5-for-5 with seven RBIs.

Dale Davis led BSC at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a RBI in the nightcap.

Mike Reef earned the win for the Hilltoppers, pitching two relief innings while giving up only one hit.

Robert Haggerty was saddled with the loss for the Big Blues as he surrendered four runs on three hits in one inning on the mound.

BSC will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C. on Tuesday for a game against regionally-ranked No. 10 Winston-Salem State. The game is scheduled for a 3 p.m. start.