Rams tally late for go-ahead run in 3-2 win over WV Tech
Bluefield picks up 27th victory of the season to remain 6 games above .500
Sports Information Department BC
April 18, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Beckley, West Virginia- The Rams may have given up one too many hits, but their defense stayed strong in a close battle at the West Virginia Miners Stadium in Beckley, West Virginia on Wednesday night as the Rams defeated West Virginia Tech 3-2 in a nine-inning game.
Bluefield and Tech both gave up runs early in the contest to start the game off, but it slowed down considerably through the middle portion of the game.
The Rams started the 1st inning off with two base hits, including a leadoff single by Alex Riley to get on base. After a couple of batters and the advancement of Riley to scoring position, the Rams were able to capitalize. Joe Gatewood's RBI single to left field scoring the Rams first run.
Bluefield surrended two runs, one in each of the next two innings. In the first inning, after a HBP to start the game and a single by Kessinger, the Golden Bears had two runners on with no outs. Tech would score the equalizer on a bobbled grounder by Moon to even the score at 1-1.
The Rams got out of the inning, and went down in 1-2-3 order in the top of the second inning. The Golden Bears would respond with another run in the bottom portion of the inning. They led the inning off with a double by Craft, a successful bunt to advance Craft, and a base hit by Williams to get the go-ahead run at 2-1.
The Rams couldn't muster up any runs over the next four innings, but they were successful in the 6th and 7th innings after multiple-hit frames. In the 6th, Russell-Myers reached on with a base hit, as he would fly around the base pads on a RBI single from Zac Goodyear. The run would even the score for the second time in the game.
With a chance to score more, Dickerson flied out to center leaving two runners in scoring position. Even though they left runners on, the Rams picked right back up in the 7th inning too.
Bluefield's consistent hitting would play a huge role in the game as the Rams finished with 11 total hits on the night. Two more big hits came in the 7th. With a leadoff hit from Cameron Hynes, the Rams were in place to make the go-ahead move. After a bobble by Tech, Moon also reached base with no outs.
The Rams squeezed runners over to second and third base after a fielders choice and a fly out with two outs. Russell-Myers would step up to the plate and knock a 0-1 pitch to right field to score Hynes on the play. The Rams took a 3-2 lead and wouldn't look back.
Joey Andrews started the game going 5.1 innings for the Rams with allowing just one earned run on eight scattered hits. Garza followed Andrews by pitching a gem for the final four innings of play. He held West Virginia Tech to just one hit in the final three innings.
Cameron Hynes had a big night at the plate going 3 for 4 with a run scored while Zac Russell-Myers went 3 for 5 with the game-winning RBI.
The Rams will await the rescheduled Southern Virginia time, but until then, will look ahead to the last conference and regular season contest of the year when they host Bryan College next weekend (April 27-29) at Bowen Field.