Rams baseball drops series to Bryan on Senior Day to finish regular season
Bluefield honored six seniors on Friday at Bowen Field
Sports Information Department BC
April 30, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field, Bluefield- The Rams baseball team dropped three games over the final weekend of baseball action at Bowen Field in three close games at 7-4, 2-0 and 8-7 against Bryan College on Thursday and Friday.
The Rams started off slow in Game 1 on Thursday evening in a contest that was delayed and pushed back to complete five additional innings on Friday morning due to excessive rain.
Bluefield was able to use the delay to get back in the contest, by scoring all of their runs on the following day. The Lions, however, exploded for six runs in the 2nd inning off of starting pitcher Andrew Kirks to begin the game.
The Rams got two more runs in the 6th inning to make it the closest margin in the game at 7-4 after two base hits to lead the inning off. Greg Moon chipped in with an RBI sac fly to get the 4th run, but the Rams stranded four runners in the final three innings including two in the ninth.
Immediately following a full nine-inning game, the two teams played two more 7-inning games to Senior Day. A much more defensive battle, Bluefield and Bryan only knocked in a combined two runs, as Bryan squeeked by with a 2-0 victory.
Bryan started the game off with two runs in the first inning which would be all they needed to get by Bluefield. The Rams scattered just four hits on Bryan in game two after a three-hit pitching performance by Ridenhour. Matt Whidden for Bluefield gave up the only two runs on a very respectable start. Justin Lykins was also locked in going in middle-relief for Bluefield for three innings. He only gave up two hits, zero runs in the three frames.
Kaleb Long went 2 for 4 on the afternoon for the game to lead the way for the Rams.
In game three, the Rams looked to be down and out early in the game but made an incredible run in the final inning to almost steal the show.
Bluefield jumped out on top 2-0 in the first inning off two base hits by Riley and Long. On a Bryan error, Bluefield advanced runners setting up the two Ram runs.
Bryan's bats came alive in the middle portion of the contest, as they knotted six runs in two innings to take a 6-2 lead. Joey Andrews got the start for the Rams on the mound in his final home game in a Bluefield jersey. He did allow five runs, but only on three hits in his finale. As a result, Lewis and Garza came in to cap off the game.
Garza almost got credited with a 'W' in the books as his Rams' side came around with a explosive 7th inning.
The Rams knocked in five runs in the inning to draw the Lions lead back to just one run at 8-7. Bluefield couldn't punch the tying-run home though as they came up short in their final conference regular season contest of the year.
Kaleb Long led the way with a 2 for 4 performance including two RBI's. Gatewood chipped in with a pair of hits as well.
Bluefield will look to avenge Bryan when they take on one another on Tuesday in the opening round game of the 2012 AAC Baseball Tournament in Kingsport, Tenn.
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