Rams dominate using extra-base hits to smother Southern Virginia 13-5
Gatewood's hitting performance led the way offensively for the Rams
Sports Information Department BC
April 3, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field- Bluefield, West Virginia- The Rams used seven extra-base hits to dominate Southern Virginia 13-4 in baseball action on Tuesday evening in a doubleheader contest cut short into a single game at Bowen Field in non-conference action.
The Rams didn't waste long to get early runs on the scoreboard in the contest as Alex Riley led the 1st inning off with a base-hit up the middle to get an early Ram runner on.
With two outs, the Rams would get four doubles to begin the game and jump on top of Southern as LF Joe Gatewood came up and drove Riley home on a RBI-double to give Bluefield a quick 1-0 lead.
Immediately following, Kaleb Long, Zac Goodyear and Trevor Martin would knock in each of their own RBI doubles to extend Bluefield's lead to 4-0 after one inning of play.
Southern Virginia would respond in the top of the second inning with two runs very quickly. After Andrews hit the first batter at the plate, Alexander pulled a 2-run HR to deep right field just clearing the fence to draw the Rams lead back to 4-2. After the two runs, Andrews got three consecutive batters in succession to get out of the inning.
As the Rams took a 4-2 lead into the 3rd, Joey Andrews would allow two runners on to begin the top half of the inning - one off a walk and another by hitting the batter. But again, the lefty and his defense were able to record three outs and leave Southern Virginia with two runners stranded to escape the 3rd.
Bluefield would add to their lead in the 3rd when Joe Gatewood slammed a solo-homerun over the left center field fence to give his team a 5-2 advantage. The Rams would only get one hit on the one run in the frame.
In the bottom of the 4th, as the weather looked to slow down the pace of the game, the Rams added more runs. Southern Virginia's Mantle allowed two HBP's to get to runners on, one allowing a run scored for Bluefield to give them a 6-2 lead. Still with bases loaded, Russell-Myers hit a sac-fly RBI to center to score Will Simpson and make it 7-2.
The Rams were not done in the fourth though. Gatewood would take advantage of a perfect opportunity on a 0-1 pitch as he crushed a three-run blast deep into the woods past the left field fence as Bluefield would go up 10-2 through four innings of play. Joe's third hit in four innings was good for 5 RBI's only through the middle of the game.
Starting pitcher for the Rams, Joey Andrews, finished the fourth at ease and got through the first two outs of the 5th inning before lightning struck to hault the game.
After more than a 90-minute weather delay, Andrews took to the mound for the Rams again. Into the 6th innning, Southern Virginia immediately added two runs to make it a 10-4 game. But the slight momentum SVU started, Bluefield responded with even more.
After a walk to Russell-Myers and intentional walk to Gatewood, the Rams ignited for three more runs all with two outs. Zac Goodyear stepped to the plate knotting a three-RBI triple to right field to give Bluefield a 13-4 lead.
Southern Virginia added a run in the seventh when Anthony Garza replaced Andrews on the rubber for Bluefleld, but it wouldn't be close to enough to come back on the streaking Bluefield Rams.
Joey Andrews gets the win on the mound for the Rams moving to 6-1 on the season. He struck out three batters while allowing five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Garza got the save for BC.
Gatewood led the way going 3 for 3 with 5 RBI's and two homeruns, while Goodyear added a 2 for 3 night with 4 RBI's.
The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to weather conditions and will not be rescheduled due to a full schedule during the remainder of the Rams season.