GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — The Bluefield State College Big Blues celebrated their return to postseason baseball with a 10-4 win over Central Penn College in the opening game of the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) Small College World Series at East Field Park early Monday morning.
Peyton Durham brought three Bluefield State teammates across the plate with a home run to highlight a six-run sixth inning.
The Big Blues (13-32) scored the game's first run in the initial inning when Drew D'Angelo scored on a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Sam Harris. The Knights of Central Penn (14-15) scored two runs in each of the next two innings to put BSC behind 4-1.
Bluefield State's comeback started in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded, Chase Chambers was hit by a pitch, bringing a teammate home. Billy O'Hara hit a grounder to the shortstop and reached on a throwing error and was also able to advance to second. Two unearned runs scored on the play to tie the game 4-4.
In the bottom of the sixth, Harris doubled to score D'Angelo from second. With Harris and Logan Winston on base, Durham hit the first home run of the tournament to increase the BSC lead to 8-4. Chaz Rutherford scored on another double, by Chambers, and T.J. Sauers scored on a single by Cole Blocker to wrap up the scoring.
Addison Meeks put in a full seven innings of work for the Big Blues, allowing eight hits and striking out four Knights.
Central Penn starter Christian Fulp went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs and notching six strikeouts. On offense, the Knights' Gabe Arellano was 2 for 4 with two RBI and Keith Gregory was 2 for 3 and scored once. Brandon Casiano stole a base in the first for his 14th steal of the season.
Bluefield State advanced to play the tournament's top seed, the University of Cincinnati – Clermont in an afternoon game.
Bluefield Daily Telegraph