Berea College baseball split their doubleheader against the Kentucky State University Thoroughbreds, Tuesday by losing the first game 12-11, and winning the second by a score of 19-9.
Berea College started their evening off by allowing three runs in the first inning, which was highlighted by yet another error by the Berea College infield. Brandon Gonzalez gave up the three runs in his first of two innings pitched.
However, they were able to bounce back in the bottom of the second inning with seven runs. The seven run inning started with singles by Ron Overstreet, Devin Belleville, and Chase O'Connor. Overstreet and Belleville scored after Darius Hughes' bobble on O'Connor's single. Aaron Effoe walked, and Jake Taylor knocked in O'Connor with a ground ball to the shortstop. After a Ryan Akins walk and Logan Hunt single, Alex Helm kept up with his recent power streak with a double to deep left field to plate both Akins and Hunt. Overstreet singled to bring in Helm, and the seven run inning came to an end with BC up 7-3.
However, KSU came back to plate 5 runs off reliever Tyler Stafford (1.2 IP, 8 ER, 10 H) in the top of the 3rd, and then gave up three more runs in the 4th inning. He was relieved after two thirds of the inning by Nolan Sanders, who was the one shining star in Berea's first game of pitching, going three and a third innings, giving up one unearned run, and only two hits.
In the bottom of the fourth, Berea was able to score three runs, starting with a homerun to left by Ryan Akins, a double by Overstreet to score Helm, who reached on a hit by pitch, and an O'Connor single to score Overstreet. Berea would score one more run in the bottom of the 7th on a long single by Belleville, who scored Helm, who reached on a single earlier in the inning, but it was not enough to dig themselves out of the hole their defense and pitching got them in.
The second game seemed to have a bit more promise for the Mountaineers, as Patrick Elzinga took the mound for Berea. After a scoreless inning by Elzinga, Berea put up 4 runs on KSU after Nathan Summey (3-3, 3 R) reached on a single to left-centerfield, and Ryan Akins hit his second home run of the day. Logan Hunt doubled off the right field fence, and then was brought in on an O'Connor single. Belleville added one more run for Berea after he brought in Alex Helm on a single through the hole at SS.
Kentucky State added two runs in the top of the second, but Berea bounced right back and scored two more runs after a Summey triple, Jake Taylor double, and Akins single. Kentucky State's Davie hit his first of his two home-runs of the game in the top of the third.
For once, Berea wasn't the team whose defense collapsed when it mattered most, as KSU's four errors in the bottom of the third. While Berea did have three errors in the top of the fourth inning, leading to one run, it didn't hurt the Mountaineers as much as it did the Thoroughbreds. BC scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth on a single by Ryan Blevens that tallied O'Connor and Belleville, and then Blevens scored on an Effoe single to center. Berea would score two more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
KSU would come back to score five runs in the top of the sixth, highlighted by another Davie home run, which would score three runs. Berea scored four runs on two hits and three errors in the bottom of the sixth, and Jesse James would pitch a 1-2-3 top of the seventh inning to finish the Mountaineers victory, with the final score being 19-9.
Berea will be back in action tomorrow afternoon at 5:00pm for their first of two games against the University of the Cumberlands. Expect Michael Smithers and Chad Brown to take the bump for the Mountaineers in their mid-week doubleheader.