Rams split doubleheader with huge Game 1 comback win over #7 Tenn Wesleyan
With one win of two games, Coach Mike White hits his 200th career win at Bluefield
Sports Information Department BC
April 1, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bowen Field- Bluefield, West Virginia- The Bluefield Rams came back from a 4-0 deficit to score two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to defeat #7-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan 5-4 in game one of the Saturday afternoon doubleheader.
After giving up four runs to the Bulldogs in the 3rd inning, the Rams crawled their way back into the game late.
Keeping the Bulldogs under wraps for the remainder of the contest, the Rams got three runs in the 6th inning to make things interesting.
The three runs came compliments of four hits from Bluefield in the inning. Alex Riley started the inning off by getting a base hit to setup Russell-Myers. Russell-Myers would get the RBI single to get first BC run of the game. Gatewood's double would also score Russell-Myers on the inning. Finally, Long singled to score Gatewood to give the Rams just a one-run deficit heading into the last inning.
While the Rams allowed two runners on the basepads in the top of the 7th inning, they didn't give up any hits to allow the Bulldogs any advancement around the bases.
With three outs to play, Bluefield had the last chance to force extra innings or get the win. The Rams would take the latter.
The Rams were down to one out left in the game as the Bulldogs looked to have sealed the contest until CF Alex Riley stepped to the plate. Riley would single past the secondbasemen and would find his way over to third base as the tying runner with a Long single as well. With Riley and Long making attempts to get into scoring position, Long's hit past 2nd base turned out to be much more than the Rams bargained for.
On a foot-race to 2nd base, a throw trying to get the 3rd out by the Bulldogs would turn into an Error on SS Stephen Branca who bobbled a potential pick-off as the ball sailed from left-center (original throw) all the way to the 1st base fencing. Bluefield's two runners would both score giving the Rams the 5-4 win in Game 1.
Alex Riley was huge at the plate for Bluefield going 3-4 with two runs scored. Matt Whidden went the distance for the Rams on the mound and earned the victory in the process.
Game Two was a much different style of game. Over first six innings of play, neither team had recorded a run and the two starting pitchers had retired more than 82% of their batters. Between the two, they only allowed a total of nine hits on the game.
The contest game down to defense. Bluefield gave up five errors in Game two playing a huge role in the outcome. The Long brothers accounted for two of the three Bluefield hits.
Goodyear picked up the only multi-base hit of the game for either team, but he also was nabbed with two of the teams' errors.
Russell-Myers went the distance in game two and was docked with the loss on the mound in a respectable pitching performance regardless of the outcome. He allowed just six hits while striking out five.
The win in Game one was a memorable one for the Bluefield Baseball program especially for head coach Mike White. The win recorded Coach White's 200th career win at Bluefield in his seventh season at the helm.
The Rams will gave TWC their first conference loss, while the Rams move to 3-10 in conference play.