Bluefield Spoils Opening Day on the DiamondFebruary 5, 2011
Bluefield College spoiled Opening Day for the Warriors as they swept a doubleheader by scores of 11-1 and 4-1.
David Gibson(1-0) picked up the win for Bluefield going five solid innings, allowing only one run off five hits. The southpaw struck out three, while walking only one SWU hitter.
Southern Wesleyan struck first, scoring their lone run in the bottom of the first inning as junior Nathan Wright singled in Kendall Ray. Ray was running for catcher Justin Green who drew a one out walk earlier in the inning. That would be all the Warriors would push across the plate as they stranded seven runners through the remainder of the game.
Bluefield would get on track in the third inning as they scored four runs off starter Matt Large. Poor defensive play by SWU and timely hits by the Rams would spell the outcome as BC went on to a 11-1 defeat of the Warriors.
Travis Weaver and Victor Torres led the way for Bluefield with three hits each, while SWU was paced at the plate by Seth Hunter's two hit game.
Game two was a pitchers duel until the top of the 7th proved costly for SWU. The Warriors would strike first once again as senior Brancy Cummins singled and later scored off an rbi single from Jacob Wright.
Bluefield would counter in the top of the second back to back doubles tied the score at 1-1. It would stay tied as sophomore Chase McElrath pitched into the seventh before giving way to Jeff Rau out of the pen. McElrath pitched 6 1/3 and gave SWU an opportunity for the win, but the Rams would score three runs in the top of the seventh before Rau could close out the inning.
Bluefield was led by Zac Goodyear with two hits in the win, while SWU could only muster four total hits in the loss.
Bluefield moves to 2-0 on the season and SWU drops to 0-2. The two teams will meet again on Monday with a single game set for a 3 p.m. first pitch.
Junior Daniel Baxley is scheduled to start on the mound for the Warriors.