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Bluefield drops two to #12-ranked Union in baseball action

Bluefield looks to take game 3 on Tuesday to spoil Union sweep

Sports Information Department BC

March 26, 2012

Bluefield College Athletics

Bluefield, Virginia

Sports Information Department

 

Bluefield, West Virginia- The Bluefield College Rams baseball team dropped two of its first three games in an AAC series to #12-ranked Union College (Ky.) on Monday afternoon at Bowen Field by the score of 3-0 and 6-0. 

 

 

In Game One, the Rams struggled at the plate to generate any real threats offensively only logging four baserunners in the opening contest.

 

The Rams got a solid outing from Matt Whidden on the mound, who went 6 1/3 innings for Bluefield, He started to struggle late in his innings of work after giving up three runs off, two of which were unearned on two consecutive errors by the Rams.

 

Union jumped out early with a 1-0 in the first inning after the runner got on base from a Goodyear missed throw to first. The runner would eventually score on a Bulldog RBI single.

 

Bluefield came back with a short offensive spark in the bottom portion of the inning when Alex Riley got one of the three BC hits to get on base right away for Bluefield. He advanced over to third base with a chance to tie the game, but Joe Gatewood hit right into the third out to end the inning stranding a runner.

 

In the bottom of the 4th inning, #12-ranked Union, used another sloppy defensive play by Bluefield to help gain a larger margin on the Blue and White. The Bulldogs extended its lead to 3-0 with hits by Juarbe, Dockery and DeVito- all base hits for UC.

 

An inning later, with Bluefield struggling and two UC runners on and no outs, the Rams get a huge double-play (first of two on the game) to get two outs. In the final out, Riley made a diving out-streched grab in centerfield to retire the inning and keep BC hopes alive.

 

Bluefield would come back in the bottom of the 7th vowing for a shot to get back into the game. Down only three runs, the Rams came back with hits by Russell-Myers and Trevor Martin to get two runners on. Unfortunately, Bluefield left both runners on in an attempt to take game 1. 

 

Union finished with the 3-0 win as Eikenberry got the complete game win and Whidden got the loss for the Rams. Whidden got six strikeouts and two walks on the afternoon.

 

In Game Two, Union got off to a slow start but heated up in the middle-half of the contest scoring five runs between the 4th and 5th innings. Perreault picked up a two-run RBI double to deep left field to pick up two of the runs in the 4th inning. 


Bluefield started the same two innings where Union was successful in with two leadoff singles (4th & 5th) by Myers and Goodyear, but the base hits didn't lead to anything but missed opportunities. 

 

Union retired the two final bottom innings on Bluefield in successive order as the Bulldogs toppled Bluefield 6-0 in Game two. 

 

The two teams will conclude the final game of the three-game series on Tuesday starting Noon at Bowen Field. 

 

Russell-Myers went five innings on the loss giving up five hits on four earned runs. He was replaced by Ethan Lewis who went two scoreless innings to close the game. 

Comments:

j scott russell

You go Zach...I am not as big a fan as Vonda, lol, but am still a big fan...keep up the super work and keep 'the family' proud....

Betsy Lewis

Yeah Ethan!! Way to go!

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