Madisonville, TN- The Berea College Mountaineer baseball team was swept by the Hiwassee Tigers in their series over the weekend, losing 1-2, 1-4, and 0-1.
The first game featured Chad Brown on the bump for Berea, who was able to get Berea through eight innings of solid pitching, and only gave up two runs. Sadly, Berea couldn't amount to much offense at all, save a run in the fifth inning that Berea was essentially given via a hit by pitch, walk, and error. Berea's sole hit was of the infield variety by Logan Hunt in the 7th. Berea fell to the Tigers 1-2, dropping them to 5-9 on the season.
Saturday gave Berea a chance to pick up some slack from the first game and win the series, and it would take Matt Wilburn on the mound to do it. Wilburn, who was stellar in his last appearance, struggled to dominate hitters with his fastball in the first three innings of the game. While he only gave up one run, his pitch count caused him to be relieved in the fourth by Lance Shelton. Shelton gave up three runs, two of which were earned, in the fourth. Berea scratched one run across the dish in the fifth, as Nathan Summey was brought in by singles from Tyler Plageman and Evan Hackney, but it wasn't enough to beat the Tigers in game two, as Berea lost 1-4.
The third game, which barely lasted an hour and thirty minutes, was pitched by Josh Wilson, who coasted through five innings of pitching. Berea couldn't get any offensive production for the freshman southpaw, who gave up only one run in his sixth inning of work, and ended up losing a 0-1 contest. Ryan Blevens, was productive for the otherwise quiet Mountaineers, going 2-3 with a double.
The Mountaineers are set to play the University of the Cumberlands Patriots on Tuesday. Starters are yet to be announced. For more information, follow the Berea College Baseball Twitter account.