BC give up late runs in losing effort to Union
Rams come up short 7-2 against Union College at AAC Tournament
May 5, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Office
Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament
Rams give up late runs in 7-2 loss against Union College
After a day and a half rest at the Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament, Men’s Baseball faced top-seeded, Union College on Thursday afternoon in Kingsport, Tenneesee.
The Rams threw lefty Adam Hoyt on the mound for its second game after a brilliant performance by David Gibson on Tuesday. Hoyt started just as Gibson left off in his complete game, giving up only three hits in first 4 1/3 innings.
Rams came into the game knowing they needed to score early and often in order to contend with Union, who is ranked #8 nationally in the NAIA polls.
The Rams did just that by putting up two runs in the first three innings of play. After Moon took over to pinch run in the 2nd, Goodyear stepped up and hit a RBI single to score the first run.
Later on in the 3rd inning, the Rams took advantage of an early error by Bulldogs. Cabral reached on to first, but after a bad throw he was eventually able to advance all the way third base. Next batter up, at the top of the lineup, Victor Torres knocked Cabral home on a RBI single to give the Rams a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the 5th, Hoyt found himself in a hole with runners on after a leadoff double. Hoyt was able to refocus though and struck out two of three batters, while getting help from first baseman Goodyear who made a spectacular lining catch down the first base line.
Still up 2-0 in the 6th, Hoyt came on the mound hoping to extend his innings, but got caught with one out and bases loaded. The Bulldogs took advantage compliments of a 2-run double by Throckmorton, followed by a RBI single from DeVito and a sac bunt scoring yet another runner. The inning would end with Union on top 4-2.
Only down two runs, the Rams would try to rally in the 7th inning. Kyle Cabral singled to left field, with one out on the board. With Thruett, Cabral and Torres on base, Gatewood had a chance to do something special with three men on. With a questionable call, Joe struck out looking to end the inning, the real last threat for the Rams.
Newton would replace Hoyt late in the game, as the Bulldogs from Union College began to pull away. Alongside, two hits, an error, a walk and a hit-by-pitch; the Rams found themselves down 7-2. The final score was not a true indication of how well the Rams played in the game especially early on.
The team will bounce back and play again tonight (Thursday) at 7:30pm against Virginia Intermont. It’s a must-win game for the Rams in order to keep their conference tournament championship hopes alive.
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