Rams Lose Rematch of NCCAA Championships
Rams drop three game series against North Greenville.
March 2, 2011
Bluefield, VA—The Rams lose their game series this past weekend against North Greenville College in South Carolina.
David Gibson pitched in game three of the North Greenville series, Rams are now 5-8 on the season.
In a rematch of the 2010 National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship match up the Rams traveled to Greenville for a three game series beginning on Friday with a single game and concluding with a double- header match- up on Saturday.
Taking the mound in game one for the Rams was Eli Smurthwaite the junior transfer from Olivet Nazarene University pitched for four innings where he had two runs on two hits with four walks and two strikeouts in 19 batters faced. Smurthwaite was also the team designated hitter for the game where he had three at bats with one RBI.
The Rams dropped game one 10-3 against North Greenville despite hard fought efforts from the Rams players. They contributed two RBI's in addition to the one added on by Smurthwaite, Joe Gatewood and Cameron Hynes each added another run. Final game stats for the Rams was three runs on seven hits with four errors.
Mike Newton took the loss in game one for the Rams. He had six runs on five hits and one walk. Ethan Lewis ended the game for the Rams on the mound he pitched just over three innings with seven hits and two runs to finish out the game for the Rams.
Game two saw the pitching talents of Adam Hoyt who spent his summer in the Cal Ripken League, in this game Hoyt pitched a complete game for the Rams where he had four runs on four hits with four walks and six strikeouts in the 26 batters he faced.
Joe Gatewood had the team's lone RBI in the game; Gatewood a junior also had one walk in the game. Hoyt took the loss for the Rams with a 4-1 game score. Final game two stats for the Rams were six hits with one run and two errors in the loss.
Finishing up in game three for the Rams was the junior pitching talents of David Gibson. Pitching a complete game for the Rams Gibson had six runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts in the 30 North Greeneville players that took the batter's box.
Having the teams two RBI's was Joe Gatewood who hit a homer in the top of the sixth inning and senior third baseman Andrew Weaver to tack on the 2-6 game score for the Rams. North Greeneville responded to the two run scores to add on two more to their four win lead in the bottom of sixth to finish the game.
Gibson took the loss for the Rams and the team's final game numbers were two runs, on seven hits with two errors.
The Rams will face Tennessee Temple on March 4 with a 7:00 pm first pitch scheduled. They will wrap up the series on Saturday with a doubleheader with a 1:00 pm game time. The Rams will have their first home game on March 15 against Southern Virginia University to open up home action at Bowen Field.