Bluefield, VA- The Big Blues opened up their 2017 campaign at home against the Asbury University Eagles. The teams were scheduled to play 2 games and game 1 went the way of the Eagles, who won 9-1 in 5 innings. The second game was in progress but was halted midway through the 3rd inning due to darkness. Since the teams only played 3 innings, the game goes down as a "No Game" and no statistics/scores are recorded for the game.
Sophomore Emily Day received the nod to start on opening day for the Big Blues. Day had some beginning of the season jitters but was able to settle down late. Day recorded 6 strikeouts, a majority of them coming in the later part of her time in the circle. She gave up 9 runs (8 earned) on 6 hits in 4 innings of work. Freshman Casey Spencer came on in relief in the top of the 5th inning. In the 1 inning of work she gave up no runs and no hits and only 1 walk.
While the score may not reflect how the Big Blues looked, the ladies actually looked very good on the offensive end. Bluefield State was actually able to make contact and put the ball in play. Unfortunately for BSC, the Eagles defense was playing pretty well and was in the exact right location to make plays on the ball multiple times.
Bluefield State's lone run came in the Bottom of the 5th. Lauryn Hatfield scorched a liner to left center and recorded her 1st career double. Casey Spencer was the next batter and reached on a throwing error by Asbury's pitcher, which advanced Lauryn to 3rd. Marceda Lee was next up to the plate and she singled easily scoring Hatfield. The inning ended a few batters later with BSC unable to score more.
This was the 1st collegiate softball game for 7 of BSC's players and the lack of experience did not show. Before game two was called, Bluefield State was actually able to produce hits early and were in very much in the game. But due to darkness the game was called. Bluefield State will be back in action on Sunday for the 1st installment of the Battle of the Bluefield's. Games will be at 2:00 & 4:00 and darkness should not be a problem because Bluefield College's field has lights.