Denmark, SC- Baseball opened up its 2017 season this weekend with a sweep of Voorhees College. Each of two games took a different tone and they show a good outlook for the coming season. In game 1, the Big Blues scored 11 runs and defeated Voorhees 11-4. Game 2 saw the defense come alive as BSC won 4-3.
Game one was an excellent showing for Bluefield State's offense, which struggled at times last season. Bluefield State was down early to Voorhees 4-2 after 3 innings thanks to some nice base running by the Voorhees players. The Big Blues were able to tie the game in the 4th off a Billy O'Hara single that scored Cole Blocker and a Chaz Rutherford single that scored Logan Wriston. But in the 5th Bluefield State found their mojo and scored 5 runs to really blow the game wide open. Chase Chambers started off his season extremely well, getting on base 5 times in the 1st game and scoring 3 of those times. He also got on base 3 more times in the second game to have a very impressive weekend. Black College Nine's Pre-season Elite Team 2nd Team selection (http://blackcollegenines.com/?p=6161), Peyton Durham hit his first Colligate Home Run that sparked the Big Blues 5 run 5th inning. The Big Blues were able to tack on 2 more runs later in the game to make it 11-4.
Tanner Muovich got the start for Bluefield State on opening day. Muovich started the game with a shutout in the 1st and ended his appearance in the 4th with a shutout as well. Addison Meeks came on in relief and pitched with a substantial lead most of his time on the mound. Meeks took the Win and ended the game with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk.
In Game 2 the Big Blues defense came to play. As Coach Hunter said after the game, "That was one of the best defense efforts I have seen in a long time." Bo Williams started on the mound for Bluefield State. Williams was a little shaky early, giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning but after pitched 5 shutout innings of baseball. Freshman Brandon Wortkoetter came on in relief and pitched a gem in his 1st ever collegiate appearance. Wortkoetter only allowed 3 hits in 3 innings of work and picked up the save for Bluefield State. Williams picked up his 1st collegiate win in the 4-3 victory Sunday.
Cole Blocker had an excellent game defensively for Bluefield State. He had multiple stops at 3rd that were game changers, once with the bases loaded to end the inning. Chaz Rutherford was the consistent player of the weekend. Rutherford reached based 6 times in the two games.
Bluefield State goes back south again to face Bendict in a double header Saturday. Check back for updates on the weekend's games.