Danville, VA- The Big Blues had a 4 game series against Virginia State in Danville, VA. If you liked offense, this was your series. 75 runs were scored in these 4 games, as the teams split the weekend series, each winning two games. Each game was close throughout as three games were decided by 2 runs and 1 game was decided by 3 runs. Game 1 and 3 were won by Bluefield State by scores of 8-6 and 13-11. Games 2 and 4 were in favor of the Trojans, winning them 9-7 and 12-9.
Game 1 saw Bo Williams take the mound. Williams went 6.1 innings, giving up 6 runs on 14 hits with 1 strikeout. Even with all the hits Williams conceded, he still took the win and Addison Meeks recorded a save, his 2nd of the season. Meeks came in to secure the final 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. Offensively the Big Blues were knocking the ball all around the yard, ending the game with 12 hits. Bluefield State hit 3 homeruns in the game, the last by Chase Chambers to secure a two run lead to end the game. Peyton Durham and Billy O'Hara were the other two long ball contributors.
Game two was equally as exciting. The Trojans were up 7-3 through 3 innings. Bluefield State was able to make the game close after the 6th when they scored 3 runs in the bottom half. In the game, there were 8 homeruns, and Virginia state had 5 of them. Peyton Durham hit his second of the day and Sam Harris and Kevon Moxey were able to join him deep. While Justin Bowler did not go deep in game 2, he did record 3 hits and scored twice himself. Even with all the homeruns hit in the game, Virginia State played some solid defense turning 6 double plays in the game. With the solid defensive work, the Trojans hung on for a 9-7 victory to even the series at 1.
Much like Games 1 and 2, there was no shortage of runs in Game 3. Bluefield State scored 13 runs on 13 hits and Virginia State scored 11 runs on 13 hits. The Big Blues got their runs early, having big 3rd and 4th innings. In the 3rd, Cole Blocker hit a two run homerun that started the 4 run inning. Chase Chambers followed that with a double that scored Billy O'Hara. One batter later, Drew D'Angelo singled, scoring Justin Bowler. The 5th inning Billy O'Hara had a two run double, scoring Cole Blocker and Sam Harris. Justin Bowler also doubled in the inning scoring 2 more. The final run came off a single by Drew D'Angelo to give the Big Blues 13 on the game. Bluefield State started to slip defensively but Addison Meeks closed the door with his second save of the weekend, this time pitching 2 innings.
The final game still kept up the offense from the 1st 3. This time Bluefield State came out on the losing end, 12-9. Cole Blocker got the start and went 4 innings, giving up 6 runs on 7 hits. Brandon Chandler came on in relief, finishing the final 2 innings. Once again, Bluefield State went yard, and this time was a Grand Slam for Billy O'Hara. This was O'Hara's second long ball of the weekend and the 1st Grand Slam for Bluefield State in quite a long time. O'Hara ended the day with another hit and had 5 RBIs in the losing effort.
The Big Blues have another 4 game series this weekend with St. Augustine's. The games will be played in Cary, NC so be sure and check back to see if our Big Blues can keep their offensive firepower going against the Falcons.