Back and forth battle results in 10-9 loss to E+H in baseball action
The Wasps avenge an earlier loss to Bluefield by squeezing out with win
Sports Information Department BC
April 12, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field- Bluefield, West Virginia- In a back-and-forth collegiate battle at Bowen Field, Bluefield scored a final run in the bottom of the 9th inning but it wasn't enough as they fall in a heartbreaker to Emory & Henry 10-9 on Wednesday night.
Almost every inning both teams responded with runs of their own to change the lead on one another as Emory & Henry started the contest in the top of the 1st with two runs to quickly go up 2-0 on the Rams.
Bluefield answered by two runs in the second and three in the third to make the score 5-3. The Wasps were able to tie the contest in the sixth at five runs apiece. Doubles by Kaleb Long and Hynes led the way in 2nd inning, while three extra-base hits by the Rams higlighted the 3rd inning explosion.
Bluefield got a leadoff triple by Riley, followed by Kyle Long double. Later in the inning, Kaleb Long homered deep over the left field fence.
Starting left-hander Joey Andrews would be relieved after five full innings of work. He gave up three runs on six hits while K'ing two batters. Coach White would use a total of four pitchers in the contest including Lewis, Garza and Marshall after Andrews.
After the Rams got a run in the bottom of the seventh, E&H took the lead for the first time in the eighth with a two-run frame. Bluefield got two runs of its own to retake the lead, 8-7.
In the top of the ninth, Emory & Henry tied the contest on a two-out single by senior Lucas. McMillian hit a double down the left field line to plate two runs and give the Wasps a 10-8 advantage. The Rams were able to bring one across the plate in the bottom of the inning, but would get no closer. They even started with two runners on with no outs after two good hits. Long punched in a runner, but Gatewood would be caught stealing and Andrews flied out to end the game.
McMillian went three-for-six at the plate with four RBI to lead E&H who would be the sore-pain in Bluefield's back throughout the contest.
Three Bluefield players got 2 RBI's including both Kaleb and Kyle Long as well as Cameron Hynes who finished with a 2 for 3 performance at the plate.
The tight loss move Bluefield to 25-19 overall as they travel to North Carolina for an AAC matchup with Montreat. The Cavaliers hold a 13-26 record, and a series sweep of Montreat is crucial for Bluefield as they hit the late stages of the season and prepare for conference tournament time.