Rams Open Season with a Pair of Wins
The Rams went to warmer parts of the country to open their 2011 baseball season facing Southern Wesleyan winning both games 11-1 and 4-1 on Saturday.
February 5, 2011
Bluefield, VA-- The Rams went to warmer parts of the country to open their 2011 baseball season facing Southern Wesleyan winning both games, 11-1 and 4-1 on Saturday.
Adam Hoyt pitched six innings in game 2 for the Rams.
In a game that was postponed a day to soggy conditions in South Carolina the Rams came ready to play and will play game three of their series on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. due to the rescheduling earlier this week.
In game one that featured junior pitcher David Gibson took the win for the Rams. Gibson pitched five innings for the Rams faced 21 batters. Gibson had five hits off of him and walked one player. Mike Newton, the senior reliever faced three batters and had one hit during his inning for the Rams.
Junior shortstop Travis Weaver had four at bats for the Rams with three runs, three hits, and 2 RBI's. First baseman Zac Goodyear had two RBI's, one run, and two hits during his four at bats. New transfers to the Rams Jon- Michael Thruett had two runs, two hits, one RBI during his three at bats for the Rams.
Also contributing to the Rams 11 run win was second baseman Eli Smurthwaite, catcher Andrew Dickerson, third baseman Andrew Weaver, and center fielder Victor Torres.The Rams had a .486 batting average and had two double plays in the game.
Southern Wesleyan sent out three pitchers to face the Rams in game one. Matthew Large took the loss for SWU. Nathan Wright was the SWU lone scorer. Final Rams total for the end of game one was 11 runs, 17 hits, two errors and eight runners left on base.
In game two in Central, South Carolina Adam Hoyt took the mound. Hoyt who played summer ball in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League pitched six innings for the Rams. Hoyt faced 22 batters and had one earned run and four hits during his time on the mound.
Josh McQuade pitched one solid inning to finish off the game against SWU striking out one of the three batters he faced and closing off the game with the Rams winning 4-1 against SWU. McQuade ended the second game by picking off the SWU player on first base to solidify the win for the Rams.
Right Fielder junior Jon- Michael Thruett had two RBI's in four at bats for the Rams. Left Fielder Kyle Cabral had one RBI for the Rams in three at bats. Designated hitter Joe Gatewood who had one RBI and one hit in the win for the Rams.
SWU featured Chase McElrath who pitched 6.1 innings having four earned runs, one walk in 25 batters. Jacob Wright was the lone scorer again in game two for SWU.
The Rams will play SWU in final game of their series on Monday at 3 p.m. in South Carolina before briefly returning home for the week. The Rams will then again hit the road for another southern away series against Shorter College in Georgia this weekend.
Click here for the SWU recap.