WISE, Va. –Bluefield College and host UVa-Wise split the opening two games of a three game Mid-South Conference baseball set on Saturday. The visiting Rams took advantage of five Cavalier errors to post a 2-1 win in the opener before the host claimed a 4-3 decision in the finale.
Bluefield (15-20, 5-12 MSC) took a 1-0 lead in the top of the seventh inning of game one on a Zack Russell-Myers RBI double. UVa-Wise (9-18, 5-9 MSC) answered in its half of the inning when Brandon Fletcher worked a bases loaded walk to tie the game.
The Rams would score what would prove to be the winning run in the top of the ninth inning as Chris Rosa lined an RBI base hit to score Jacob Wright who reached on a two out error. Russell-Myers moved from first base to the mound to record his second save of the season in the bottom half of the inning.
Bluefield starter Sean Williams (1-6) recorded his first win of the season by tossing eight innings of one run baseball. The right-hander allowed three hits, struck out eight, and walked two in garnering his first win of 2013.
UVa-Wise starter Steven Klaiber allowed one run on three hits in seven innings of work. The freshman fanned six and walked four in his no-decision effort. Travis Weaver suffered the loss tough luck loss (0-3) as he allowed two hits and an unearned run in two innings of work.
In game two, the Rams once again took advantage of Cavalier errors to score. Following a Russell-Myers walk, Wright singled and an error allowed both runners to move up 90 feet. The defensive miscue would prove costly as Rosa plated Russell-Myers on an RBI groundout later in the inning.
UVa-Wise would take a lead it would not relinquish in the fourth inning as a Bluefield error, an RBI single by Klaiber, and a two-RBI double by Tyler Hutson produced four runs.
Cavalier starter Justin Wilson was able to make the four runs hold up as he surrendered a single run in both the fourth and sixth before retiring the Rams in order in the seventh and final inning to improve to 2-3 on the season. In total, Wilson allowed six hits, three runs, two of which were earned, struck out three and walked four.
Rams' starter Justin Lykins (2-5) also tossed a complete game allowing seven hits, four runs, three of which were unearned, while striking out nine and walking one.
The two squads will complete the three game set tomorrow with a nine inning affair. First pitch is set for 1:00 p.m. from Stallard Field.