Mars Hill, NC- Bluefield State traveled to Mars Hill this past weekend to play a 3 game series with the Lions. Unfortunately, the Big Blues could not get out with a win and were swept for the weekend series. This series saw plenty of runs as Mars Hill was able to get into double digits all 3 games and Bluefield State scored double digits on Sunday.
Game 1 saw Ridge Sibold start on the mound for the Big Blues. Sibold started off strong in the 1st 2 innings, only allowing 1 run on 1 hit and was even able to get the Lions to ground into a double play. But after that inning, Mars Hill was able to get to him, scoring 4 runs in the 3rd and 2 in his short time in the 5th inning. For the day he gave up 8 runs on 7 hits but was able to strike out 2 batters.
The offense was led by Chaz Rutherford lead the Big Blues offense, getting 3 hits, 1 RBI and scoring a run himself. Even with his impressive at bats, the Big Blues struggled and lost 15-3.
Game 2 saw no offense by the Big Blues as they were shut out in a 13-0 loss. Mars Hill's pitchers were hitting their spots, getting a combined 6 strike outs on the day. For the Big Blues, Tanner Muovich took the loss, going 4.2 innings, giving up 9 runs on 10 hits. Not all can be blamed on him as the team committed 4 errors for the game, tied for the most all weekend.
Bluefield State was able to get the bat on the ball but could not advance the runners. The Lions pitching deserves credit, getting key strike outs and an inning ending double play to keep the Blues off the board.
Game 3 was an offensive showcase for the 2 teams. Bluefield State came up short scoring 14 to Mars Hill's 17. Jacob Muncy took the mound for the first time since his mid-week outing against Bluefield College. This time his numbers were not as impressive, giving up 12 runs (9 earned) on 8 hits. But since the game was so high scoring, TJ Sauers took the loss as the game was tied when Muncy left the game.
It was a pitch by committee on the Mars Hill side, as they put out 8 different pitchers in the 9 inning game. The Big Blues did the most damage in the 6th, 7th & 8th innings scoring all 14 of their runs in those 3 innings. 8 of those came in a crazy 6th inning, which saw Sean Williams score off hitting a single and 2 errors by the Mars Hill defense. This tied the game at 8. Then in the 7th, the Blues had to come back again, scoring 4 runs to take a 12-10 lead. But the Blues gave up the lead for the final time, and lost 17-14.
The Blues will continue on their quest to play 50 games this season, by traveling to Alderson Broadus for a single game on Tuesday. First pitch will be at 5:00 pm. Check back on our website for links to live stats for the game.