Mid-Continent forces 2nd game as Bluefield drops 6-2 result; Regional Championship awaits
Rams look to earn national tournament berth with a win on Friday over Mid-Continent
Sports Information Department BC
May 10, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Mayfield, Kentucky- The Rams baseball team couldn't complete the clean sweep at the NCCAA Regional tournament as Mid-Continent forced a game two for Friday with a 6-2 win over Bluefield on Thursday afternoon on their home turf.
Two innings were quickly in the books for both teams, but the Rams were first to respond with runs on the board in the third inning.
Bluefield opened the inning with two hit-by-pitches to Riley and Moon giving them an advantage on the bags with no outs. Both Russell-Myers and Gatewood punched RBI singles into play as the Rams gained a 2-0 advantage over the Cougars.
Until the fifth inning, Bluefield allowed little room for Mid-Continent to shake any runs out. Down 2-1, the Cougars plated two runs on three hits in the sixth to take their first lead of the game at 3-2. Bolden's double to deep-center landed a crushing blow on the Rams and ignited the Cougars in the inning, scoring the tying run at 2-2. Moments later, Bolden scored on an Edwards RBI-single to take a single run lead.
The Rams would go down 1-2-3 in their sixth inning at the plate, setting up another productive inning for the Cougars. On three base hits by Mid-Continent, they would score three different runners in a variety of ways. Taylor Marshall would replace Russell-Myers on the mound after the first out of inning, but not until two runners for MC had scored. In all, the Cougars scored three total runs to extend their lead to 6-2.
Bluefield would again go down in the final inning on just three batters to end the game. The Cougars allowed just six hits by Bluefield. The Rams collected two errors in the two innings where they gave up five of their six runs in the game.
Zac Russell-Myers led the way on offense for the Rams with a two for three campaign with an RBI. Gatewood also chipped in with a hit and an RBI too.
With the loss, its do-or-die for Bluefield in a second and final game for a chance to win the Regional Championship. Mid-Continent, has crawled through the Loser's bracket after an opening round loss, and will compete with Bluefield on Friday for an at-large bid to the NCCAA national championship.
The Rams will need the bats to come alive again as they had in the opening two games of the tournament to finish off Mid-Continent in the final day of Regional play.
First-pitch has been changed to an early time with a 11:00am EST start.