Baseball opens 2012 season by taking 2 of 3 from So. Wesleyan
Sports Information Department BC
February 6, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Central, South Carolina- The men's baseball team opened the 2012 campaign with beautiful weather in South Carolina by taking two out of three games from Southern Wesleyan this past weekend.
The Rams started the season with returning only a few select returnees from last year's team including an entirely new pitching rotation. Wesleyan, a part of the Southern States Athletic Conference, has already been playing this Spring in regular season contests. Bluefield knew they would need to be fresh from the very start.
The weekend started with a 7 inning double-header, followed by a full 9-inning contest on Saturday afternoon.
Bluefield started off extremely slow on the offensive end, only producing one run in the first game. The Rams successfully got batters on base with eight hits in the game, but struggled to get the runners home as BC left eight runners on base in the 7-inning affair. Gatewood and Martin both went 2-3, as Gatewood picked up the lone RBI for the Rams.
The first start on the mound for the season went to Canadian-born pitcher, JR Matt Whidden, who went 3 1/3 for his first outing, followed by Andrews who completed the game.
While Bluefield started off slow, they picked up the pace in the next two games. In the second of two in the double-header on Friday, Bluefield got a great pitching effort from Zac Russell-Myers who went a full six innings, struck out eight and got the win. P Ethan Lewis came in for the 7th inning to get the save in one inning of work.
At the plate, Bluefield got multi-hit performances from Goodyear (2-3), Martin (2-3) and a three-hit ouburst by Will Simpson who went 3-5. Kirks chipped in with two RBI on one hit.
In Saturday's game, BC and Wesleyan had three lead changes early on in the game. Neither team scored after the fourth inning. Lykins got the start for Bluefield on the mound, but only lasted 3 1/3 innings, before being replaced P Anthony Garza. Garza had an impressive first outing in middle-relieft going 5 1/3 striking out seven SWU players. He didn't give up a single run and earned the win as a result.
Southern Wesleyan took the early 1-0 lead in game three, but Bluefield took the short lead at 3-1. Wesleyan came right back with three unearned runs in the third inning to take a 4-3 lead. The next inning is when Bluefield tallied the eventual game-winning run. After a lead-off double by Goodyear, he stole a base and set up the top of the order. After two walks, Jamie Blackwell knocked in two runs on his single. The 4th-inning hit would be enough for the Rams.
Garza came in to finish off the Southern Wesleyan side for each of the next four innings after BC's go-ahead run. Long came in to get the save as Bluefield held on to beat SWU 5-4 to win the three-game series.
Bluefield starts their season off with a winning record at 2-1. They will continue to be on the road as they travel to Kentucky to take on Asbury University this upcoming weekend for another similar three-game series.
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