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March 11, 2014

Bluefield College baseball batters Barons

BLUEFIELD, Va. — After one winning streak ended over the weekend, the Bluefield College baseball team got busy putting another together Monday as the Rams began their home schedule with a pair of double-digit wins at sunny Bowen Field.

The Rams turned back the Barons of Ohio State University – Lima 13-0 and 17-3. Along the way, Bluefield (16-4) had 29 hits, 13 going for extra bases, and scored in 11 of its 12 innings at bat.

Jacob Schober ended the day 7 for 9, scoring five runs and driving in four, while Daniel Copeland tallied five runs batted in during a 3 for 7 performance.

Kaleb Houchins (2-0) pitched a two-hit seven-inning complete game to open the day. Will Kane (2-0) went 5 1/3 innings the second game, allowing just one earned run and three hits. Both pitchers struck out six Barons.

Bluefield started the day by scoring six runs in their first inning at bat, highlighted by Jacob Wright’s three-run double to left center. The Rams added single runs in the second and third, using three hits in each frame to take an 8-0 lead.

Copeland launched a three-run home run in the fourth on the first pitch he saw, and Tyler Timmer sent a shot down the left-field line for a solo homer to end the scoring in the sixth. Houchins retired the Barons in order in the seventh to wrap up the game.

Adam Von Sossan took the pitching loss, allowing 10 hits and eight earned runs.

Kahlin Villines sent two balls over the fence in game two. His first homer gave the home squad a 3-0 lead in the second, but a pair of Bluefield errors inthe next stanza cut the edge to 3-2.

Run-scoring doubles by Wright and Schober gave BC a 5-2 lead in the fifth, and the Rams added a dozen runs in the next frame, benefitting from five errors by the Barons.

Copeland pitched the final inning for the Rams.

Daniel Ankrum and Patrick O’Brien picked up RBIs for OSU-Lima in game two. Tyler Blumentritt pitched five innings, giving up seven hits and five runs in the loss.

A 13-1 win on Sunday in Pikeville started Bluefield’s new three-game winning streak. In two days, BC went 3-0, scored 43 runs and allowed four. The Rams and Barons meet again today in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. at Bowen Field.

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