Rams rally late for 6-5 win over UVA-Wise in 9 innings
Coach White picks up win against former club vs. Wise Cavaliers
Sports Information Department BC
April 11, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field- Bluefield, West Virginia- The Bluefield Rams came from behind once again this season after scoring three runs in the 8th inning to beat nearby UVA-Wise 6-5 in exciting action at Bowen Field on Tuesday night.
Bluefield gave up an early run in the 4th inning to go down 1-0, but returned the favor by taking its own lead in the bottom of the inning with two runs making it 2-1.
The Rams were able to get the bases loaded on two walks and a punched single by Gatewood to make things interesting in the 4th. With Goodyear at the plate, a wild pitch that sailed past Garay's glove gave Russell-Myers the green light to sail home for the first run.
Still with the bases loaded on a Goodyear walk, Cameron Hynes stepped to the plate with just one out. His at-bat turned into a respectable deep shot to center field which was enough to get the RBI sac fly scoring Gatewood.
While the Rams would still strand runners in the inning, they picked up two runs on the frame to give them the advantage.
An incredible pitching performance by Andrew Kirks was developing through five innings. While giving up just one run through four, Kirks had retired nine batters on eight strikeouts through those innings in just one hit.
The fifth inning turned out to be strange turn of events though for the lefty on the mound though. After giving up a lead-off single, he walked the second batter putting two runners on with no outs. Kirks would have to try and work out of a bind for the rest of the inning.
After two unfortunate errors, one of which being a routine grounder, the Cavaliers picked up two quick runs in the inning. Bretty Hylton's two out single would also score another run for Wise as they picked up three more runs total for the inning to jump back on top 4-2.
Bluefield used good game mangement in the bottom half of the inning to gain a run as Riley led the inning off with a base hit. After a Russell-Myers fielders choice when Riley was forced out, R-Myers flew around the bases on a stolen base to get into scoring position. Gatewood singled and after another wild-throw error on the Cavaliers, Zac would score his 2nd run of the game to draw the deficit to 4-3.
Kirks was able to fan several more batters in the game before being replaced by Marshall after seven innings of work. Kirks finished with 12 strikeouts while allowing just three earned runs on seven hits.
The Rams looked to rally in the late innings of the game once again, and it would be the 8th inning where they would do so. While getting a little help from sloppy defense of UVA-Wise, the Rams tallied three runs in the inning to take a 6-5 advantage.
Bluefield did have to work to set themselves up for those runs though and it started with Gatewood's thrashing triple down the left field line. After a Long double, Gatewood scored. Goodyear would single as well advancing Long. A heads up play by Bluefield came next, as Trevor Martin bunted to advance Goodyear to third. Martin would also be safe putting runners at the corners.
With Hynes up, he would connect to put the ball in play and would get on base after a throwing error which would also score the go-ahead run for Bluefield. The Rams still stranded two on the bags, as they looked to gain even a bigger advantage. They used four hits on three Wise errors to get the three runs.
Garza came in for the 9th inning and got the save to secure Bluefield's 6-5 victory on the evening over another Mid-South Conference opponent.
Joe Gatewood led the way at the plate for the Rams going 3 for 4 with two runs scored. Russell-Myers also scored twice going 1 for 3.