Rams Lose Series Against Union
The Rams drop the three game series against conference rival Union College...
April 4, 2011
Bluefield, VA—Before entering into a nearly two week span of home games the Rams took on Union College where they lost all three games in the series.
Jon- Michael Thruett had one hit in game three against AAC conference team Union College.
Union College (29-8:9-2), which is the number 14 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) shut out the Rams 8-0 in game one on Saturday. Joey Andrews got the start where he pitched the entire six inning game. Andrews faced 33 batters with eight runs off of nine hits; he also walked three and struck out four to make his season win-loss total to 1-1.
Victor Torres was the lone Ram player that had a hit during the game. Torres singled to left field in the top of the second inning. The Rams final numbers in game one was zero runs, one hit, and three errors.
In the second game with Union College the Rams (9-20: 1-8) rebounded from their one hit in game one to 10 hits in game two. Four Rams had two hits in the game; Joe Gatewood, Cameron Hynes, Eli Smurthwaite, and Torres with Travis Weaver and Andrew Dickerson each gaining one hit for the team. Despite their rebounded hitting effort the Rams would lose game two to the Bulldogs 9-3, with three runs on 10 hits and four errors.
David Gibson got the start for the Rams where he is currently 3-4 on the season. Gibson pitched three innings with five runs on seven hits and one walk. Following Gibson on the mound was Taylor Marshall who pitched an inning with three hits and one run. Chastin Akers followed up Gibson's and Marshall's efforts on the mound in the six batter faced he had two runs on one hit and two walks. Closing out the game was Ethan Lewis who had one hit and one run in the last inning. Gibson received the loss for the Rams.
Wrapping up the three game series on Sunday the Rams sent Josh McQuade to the mound. McQuade who is 0-6 on the season pitched a little over two innings with 11 runs on five hits with four walks, one strikeout in the 20 batters he pitched to. Four other Rams would pitch during the final game: Jordan Johnson who had three runs on five hits and one walk, Mike Newton who pitched a solid inning for the Rams. Following up Newton was Eliezer Cordero who had four runs on one hit with one walk and getting closing duties for the Rams was Andrew Weaver who had three runs on six hits with one walk and one strikeout.
The Rams lost game three 21-5 despite the teams 10 hits during the game. Smurthwaite had three hits with Gatewood contributing two hits. Other Rams getting hits were Travis Weaver, Jon- Michael Thruett, Kyle Cabral, Zac Goodyear, and Torres each adding one hit to the score.
The Rams will play at home on April 4 and 5 to make up the previous rained out games against Reinhardt University with a first pitch for 4:00 pm. They will continue their home games with games against West Virginia Tech on April 6 and then a three game series with conference rival Montreat College on April 9 and 10.