Pitchers Dual Goes to BC in Round Two of the NCCAA World Series

May 20, 2010 | RSS

The Bluefield Colllege men's baseball team managed just one hit through five innings and three hits overall against Spring Arbor College of Michigan in a second round game of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I World Series at Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio, Thursday, May 20.


In typical cases, that would be a formula for a loss. But, the BC Rams are not your typical baseball team as they slipped past the Cougars, 2-1, to secure their second win in a row in the NCCAA National Tournament. Known all season long for their hitting -- including sluggers like Tony Singleton who is batting .438 with 19 doubles, Devon Good who's hitting .386 with 50 runs scored, Jeremiah McMillian who has 10 home runs and 49 RBI, Ryan Lambert who's tallied 15 doubles and 54 RBI, and Travis Weaver who's batting .355, with 13 doubles and 34 RBI -- the Rams would rely on pitching in round two from the likes of starter Adam Hoyt and NCCAA All-American Donald Howell.


After watching his teammates jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, behind a big hit from McMillian, Hoyt nearly went the distance, getting as deep as two outs in the top of the seventh and final inning (the NCCAA World Series format calls for just seven innings of play per game) before being relieved by Howell, who stretched the final out to a full count before getting a fly-out to end the game.


While Hoyt gave up just four hits and one run, Spring Arbor's Greg Blanco, a freshman, was equally impressive, allowing the Rams just three hits and two runs. BC's biggest threat for more runs came in the bottom of the sixth inning when they loaded the bases off two hits and a walk, but couldn't put an extra score across the plate.


"Wow! Great game!" said BC's fifth-year head coach Mike White following the close win. "Both teams battled, and we were able to come out on top. Great game! Spring Arbor is a NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) powerhouse."


Bluefield is now 40-14 overall on the 2010 season, the most wins ever for Coach White, who has improved BC's wins each year since taking over the program in 2006, winning 12, 27, 34, 39 and now 40 games, respectively. With their 40th win, the Rams will advance to round three of the NCCAA World Series to play Friday, May 21 at 1 p.m. against the winner of tonight's match-up between sixth-seed Olivet Nazarene University of Illinois and two-seed North Greenville University of South Carolina.