Rams early lead not enough as Wesleyan takes 9-4 win
Errors kill Bluefield in game three against top-seeded TWC
Sports Information Department BC
April 1, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field- Bluefield, West Virginia- The Bluefield College Rams were unable to snag a home three-game series over top ranked Tenn Wesleyan as the Bulldogs heated up late on the Rams by pushing away with a 9-4 win in Game three.
Bluefield jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead in the first inning when Bluefield's top of the order exploded early for early opportunities. Riley and Kyle Long both got on base as well as a walk to setup bases-loaded for the Rams.
After a wild pitch, Bluefield slid in for 1-1 tie by Long and shortly after Zac Goodyear picked up a quick RBI single to score Russell-Myers to give Bluefield its only lead of the game at 2-1.
After a slow two innings after the first, Wesleyan tied the game back up at 2-2 off a Dale Ricketts solo-HR over the left field fence.
The Bulldogs would regain the lead in the seventh inning off a three-run HR blast by Stephen Branca and never look back. Wesleyan scored four runs in the inning, followed by three more runs in the 8th to take a 9-3 lead.
Bluefield got a run in the sixth inning off a Kyle Long RBI double scoring Riley to give the Rams its third run. They would also get a solo-HR from Zac Goodyear in the eigth inning as well to cut the lead to 9-4.
The Rams would strand three runners in the two innings on their way to the loss. Lykins went a strong seven innings but struggled late against the offensive-power of Tennesee Wesleyan.
Bluefield were led at the plate by Lewis, Kyle Long and Goodyear who combined for 10-14 on the single Sunday game. They recorded all but one of the hits by Bluefield.
The loss drops Bluefield to 21-17 overall after a very tough eight days of baseball with numerous games, many coming against the top-tier teams a top the AAC current standings.
BC will play home against two non-conference opponents this week against Southern Virginia and Roanoke College before traveling to their closest conference member in Virginia Intermont over Easter weekend.