Rams sweep doubleheader, take series at Southern Wesleyan
With snow flurries falling in South Carolina, Bluefield’s bats came alive as the Rams won a pair of games on Saturday to take the opening weekend series at Southern Wesleyan.
February 3, 2013
CENTRAL, S.C. – With snow flurries falling in South Carolina, Bluefield’s bats came alive as the Rams won a pair of games on Saturday to take the opening weekend series at Southern Wesleyan.
The Rams (2-1) swept the afternoon doubleheader against the Warriors (1-2), 6-3 and 10-3, to conclude their first road trip of the season.
Zack Russell-Myers earned the complete-game win on the mound in the early contest. He allowed two earned runs and seven hits over seven innings. He helped out his own cause at the plate, going 1-4 and driving in one run.
With Bluefield trailing 1-0, Christian Burton worked a bases-loaded walk in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. The Warriors added another run to retake the lead in the bottom half of the inning.
A go-ahead single by Will Simpson in the sixth inning, his only hit of the game, put the Rams ahead for good.
Kaleb Long was 2-3 with an RBI in the game. Jamie Blackwell clubbed three of the Rams twelve hits.
Chase McElrath received the loss for SWU, pitching 5.1 innings and allowing eight hits and three earned runs.
In the second game, the Rams struck for two runs in the top of the first, but stranded the bases loaded. SWU answered with two runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game, but Bluefield posted two more the following inning and did not relinquish the lead.
Ryan Foster, making his first start, went 2-4 with 3 RBI and scored two runs.
Jacob Wright finished the game 3-4 and drove in three runs against his former team.
Justin Lykins earned the win in his first start of 2013, going four innings and allowing seven hits, two walks and one earned run.
Justin Adams was the losing pitcher, going four innings and allowing four earned runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four.
Bluefield took two of the three games for the weekend after losing Friday night’s game 5-2.
Bluefield returns to action on Friday with games against Rio Grande (Ohio) and Lee (Tenn.), and will face Georgetown (Ky.) and Bryan (Tenn.) on Saturday in the Tennessee Valley Invitational.
Although Georgetown and Rio Grande are Mid-South Conference members, the games will not count as conference games.