Rams use 9-run inning to handle WV Tech in 11-1 victory
Rams win gives Coach White his 199th win in BC coaching career
Sports Information Department BC
March 29, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Bluefield, West Virginia- The Rams baseball team won its second straight game on Wednesday night tallying nine runs in the seventh inning to beat West Virginia Tech 11-1 at Bowen Field.
The Rams were rewarded with their huge offensive inning by having the game called early as they were able to reach the 10-run rule limit in a 9-inning game.
Bluefield used smart game management early on in the game to get early baserunners in scoring position and got key base hits to secure a 2-1 lead into the 5th inning.
They jumped out on top of Tech in the 2nd off when Goodyear started off the inning with a single. The speedy Greg Moon came in as a courtesy runner, and was able to get a nice jump on the next at-bat when Byron White brought him in on a RBI single to left field.
Starter Andrew Kirks retired 24 batters in all within his 5 2/3 innings of work. The lefty pitched a gem for the first four innings, and only allowed one run on five hits in his evening's performance. His pitching paved the way for Bluefield to find their groove at the plate.
In the 5th, West Virginia Tech pulled the scoreline back to even at 1-1. Anthony Garza would replace Kirks on the mound in the 5th, but got out of the inning needing just one out to do so.
Bluefield was able to regain the lead in the bottom half of the inning. This came with two outs. Both Simpson and Riley hit into outs, as Kyle Long stepped to the plate. A nice play-call by the coaching staff, Long caught the Golden Bears off guard by laying a first-pitch bunt down the third baseline and got on safely for a single. After a stolen base, Long was batted in by Russell-Myers for an RBI-single to take their second lead of the game.
After a slow sixth inning, Bluefield ignited in the seventh inning for nine runs. It all started when Riley reached base on a Sizemore error at first base. Following a base hit by Kyle Long, Russell-Myers would extend the BC lead by crushing a 3-run HR to deep right center field giving the Rams a 5-1 lead.
The rally would continue as the Rams continued to get runners on base. After three more runs on three hits, the Rams suffocated the Golden Bears one last time when Alex Riley smacked a deep left-field triple into the corner scoring White, Hynes and Andrews. The nine runs would inevitably stop the contest as the Rams extended its lead to ten runs.
Bluefield received some big plays at the plate by both Russell-Myers (3-run HR) and Alex Riley (3-run triple) but it was also the consistency of the Long brothers and Byron White throughout the night that helped the Rams. Kyle Long went 3-5 with two runs scored, Kaleb Long went 2-4 and White added a 3-3 hitting performance with an RBI and a runs scored.
Kirks picked up the win on the mound for the Rams, as Garza allowed no hits with no runs in facing five batters.
Bluefield will get a much-needed two days off before they host a three-game series against AAC foe Tennessee Wesleyan on Saturday and Sunday. It'll be a tough series for the Rams as the Bulldogs sit atop of the AAC with an overall record of 26-7 and unblemished in conference play at 9-0.
The Rams will be looking to secure wins in conference play against the Bulldogs. One win by Bluefield will give Coach White his 200th victory as head coach of Bluefield.
Bluefield moves to 20-15 overall on the season, as West Virginia Tech moves to 16-17.