Rams squander lead, lose 6-3 to Bulldogs to conclude series
Rams suffer three-game sweep to top-ranked Union at Bowen Field
Sports Information Department BC
March 27, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, West Virginia
The tides turned in game three on how the game started this as Bluefield were the first to get runners on base and in scoring position. After starting pitcher Justin Lykins returned the Bulldogs in 1-2-3 order in the first, the Rams got two runners in the bottom of the 1st.
After an error at third, Russell-Myers got on base to start the inning. Soon after, Joe Gatwood smacked a hard single into right field, putting two runners on and Myers on third. The Rams would surrender two runners on the bags as the next batter failed to get a hit.
It soon turned into a pitching dual between Lykins and Popham (Union) for the next inning until the Rams ignited for two runs in the 3rd inning when Simpson and Long reached on from hits and a fielders choice. On the next at bat with Myers, a passed ball by the catcher resulted in two runs for the Rams as the fast base-running of Bluefield paid dividends.
Union drew a run back in the top of the 4th inning when the Bulldogs got two back-to-back singles and had bases loaded with one out. Price was able to poke a RBI sac fly to right field to score the Bulldog run and narrow the BC lead in half, 2-1.
The Rams came right back after giving up a run by getting a huge boost at the plate by Zac Goodyear. His RBI triple was ripped into deep left field to score a BC run and give Bluefield a 3-1 advantage.
The 4th inning sparked more offense apparently as the Bulldogs would pick up where they left off in the previous inning with a 5th inning rally.
Union would score four runs with just one out, two off of three errors on Simpson, Lykins and Gatewood and two others on two RBI hits by Engle (1B) and Raglan (2B).
The four-run outburst gave Union a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the 5th.
Bluefield was slowed up in the 5th as Popham dropped the Rams in 1-2-3 order. Soon after, Bluefield Starting pitcher Justin Lykins would do a great job in the 6th after allowing two consecutive hits in the 6th. He fought back to get three outs after having two runners on to start the inning.
After a slow sixth inning, P Ethan Lewis would replace Justin Lykins who had pitched over 110 pitches in six innings of work. Lewis made his third appearance in two days (all 3 games vs. Union) for Bluefield. He would retire three straight batters for the Rams to end the inning.
The bats of Bluefield would remain silent for the final three innings as Union's Popham recorded a solid performance on the mound with a complete-game win as the Bulldogs sweep Bluefield with a 6-3 game three win.
The Rams will not to be done for the day as they travel to Roanoke College for an evening contest for the NCAA-Division III side. Gametime is scheduled for 7pm. The Rams stay busy when they come straight back to Bluefield for an afternoon contest on Wednesday vs. West Virginia Tech at 1pm.
Bluefield was led by Goodyear who went 1-3 with an RBI triple in game three.