Beckley, WV- The Big Blues struggle offensively and were downed by Alderson Broaddus in both games by a score of 11-1 and 6-0. But the big news of the series was that Alderson Broaddus's pitcher, Tyler Stage, threw a no hitter in game 1.
Stage was picking his spots today and the Bluefield State batters could not pick him up. Stage went the complete game, giving up 1 run, but no hits and 6 strikeouts. That lone run came in the 1st inning when Stage walked 2 batters and then BSC bunted both runners over. Cody Underwood scored one batter later when Payton Durham grounded out to third. But this was the lone blemish on Stages afternoon. Stage had 1-2-3 innings in the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th innings, getting the Bluefield State players to pop or ground out to the defense of AB.
Game 2 also saw some great pitching by the Battlers as the two pitchers threw a combined 3 hit shutout against the Big Blues. Justin Bowler was able to get the first hit of the day in the 4th inning.
Cole Blocker started on the mound for the Big Blues going 4.1 innings giving up 5 runs on 11 hits. Blocker was about to get 4 strikeouts on the day. Tj Sauers came on in relief and went 2.2 innings only giving up 1 run and 1 hit in his short stint on the mound. Sauers was also able to to get 3 strikeouts for the Big Blues.
The Big Blues will look to get back on track tomorrow as they play their final 2 games of the season against Winston Salem State. These games will be Senior Day and the ceremonies are slated to start at 4:30 tomorrow with the first pitch to start at 5:00.