Rams split afternoon doubleheader with Tennessee Temple By Sports Information Department BC | March 22, 2012 | RSS Bluefield College Athletics Bluefield, Virginia Sports Information Department Bluefield, West Virginia- The Bluefield Rams baseball team split two games on Thursday afternoon at Bowen Field to the visiting Tennessee Temple Crusaders losing 2-1 in Game 1 and exploding for a 12-0 shutout in Game 2. The Rams struggled in the opening game to muster any real scoring threats in early in the contest. Other than the 3rd inning, P Joey Andrews had a solid pitching performance on the mound for Bluefield going on seven innings in the game. The Crusaders jumped up on the Rams in the 3rd inning after the bottom two batter in Temple's order got on base to set up Altman. Chris Altman crushed a ball in deep centerfield allowing both of the Crusaders' run to score for the 2-RBI double. Up to 2-0, the Rams would not rally until the bottom of the 7th inning. The Rams were able to get runners in scoring position as Martin and Goodyear both got on base. Dickerson picked up sacrifice RBI scoring, and moving two runners into scoring position with one out. After a strikeout, the Rams had the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third base with two outs. The next batter for Bluefield struck out on a called-third strike just as the Rams started to warm-up their bats. The Crusaders snubbed the home side and got the victory 2-1 in Game 1 over the Rams. Joey Andrews allowed two runs, six hits while striking out seven. He had no walks. Game Two was a much different story. The Rams had eight players get at least 1+ hit in the game to help Bluefield cruise past the Crusaders 12-0 in the second attempt of the day. Bluefield jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st off a Russell-Myers single shot HR to left field. After a three innings, the Rams led 1-0 to the Crusaders. The 4th inning would turn out to be the proving ground for game two. Bluefield got hits from both Long and Simpson in the fouth innings among others to get the offensive onslaught started. They would score five runs in the inning to extend their lead to 7-0. Bluefield got a complete game from Andrew Kirks on the mound. Kirks only struckout three batters, but he allowed his team to play good team defense throughout the game forcing the Crusaders into several flyouts and groundouts. Kirks finished with the win allowing only four hits on the day. He got help offensively in sealing the game when Zac Goodyear smoked a 2-run HR into deep left field. Gatewood finished the evening cap off with a solo-shot as well. While starting off slow in game one, Bluefield ignited in red-hot fashion in game two to split the doubleheader. The Rams will look to take the same success at the plate in game two when they face AAC-rival, Union College, for a three-game set this weekend at Bowen Field. The Rams move to 18-12 overall and remain 2-6 in the conference standings.