Glens Falls, NY- The Big Blues played their final game of the USCAA Small College World Series against Cleary University. This game was great for fans who love a lot of runs as both teams offenses put on a show. However, on the last play of the game a controversial bang-bang play at the plate gave the Cougars a walk off 10-9 victory over the Big Blues.
The Blues jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, scoring runs on a hit by pitch and a Sac Fly. They then blew the game wide open, scoring 5 runs in the 3rd inning. Logan Wriston scored Drew D'Angelo on a Sac Fly. Peyton Durham then singled 2 batters later to score Justin Bowler easily. Chase Chambers singled to load the bases for Billy O'Hara, who was hit by a pitch picking up his 1st RBI of the game. But Cole Blocker provided the big hit for Bluefield State as he doubled down the left field line scoring Chambers and Durham to give the Blues a 7-3 lead. BSC added another run in the 4th when Sam Harris scored for the 3rd time in the game. Harris had an incredible offensive night, going 3-4 and scoring every time he was on base.
Bluefield State then found themselves down 1 run going into the 7th after a furious comeback by Cleary. Then in a smart play, Chase Chambers bunted the ball past the pitcher where the 3rd baseman picked it up. Chambers hustled down the line and caused a bad throw giving the Blues a chance to tie. TJ Sauers pinch ran for Chambers and got into scoring position off a wild pitch. Drew D'Angelo was at the dish and gave a great effort, eventually singling and driving in Sauers.
Then came the Cougars turn to try to get a walk off win. After an error and a double put runners at 2nd and 3rd. In a gutsy call, Cleary laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, and the runner on 3rd took off for home. In a bang-bang play at the plate the Blues thought the runner was called out, but the home plate umpire changed his call, awarding the runner on 3rd home as he believed BSC's catcher was blocking the plate giving the Cougars a 10-9 walk off victory.
Overall the tournament put Bluefield State back on the map as the program has not tasted the postseason in quite a long while. Coach Hunter and the team believes that they will be back and ready for the tournament next season. With the 13 wins this season, Bluefield State surpassed last year's win mark. With only 4 seniors leaving, the Big Blues will be ready to make another deep run in the USCAA Tournament.