BATAVIA, OH- The Berea College Mountaineer baseball team took two out of three games against the USCAA #4 ranked Cincinnati Clermont Cougars in their weekend series in Eastern Cincinnati, winning the first game 9-3, losing the second game 6-4, and winning the rubber match by a score of 3-0.
The Mountaineers were able to establish an early lead on the Cougars behind another solid pitching performance from Chad Brown, who went six innings in his winning effort, only allowing two runs on three hits, striking out 4 along the way. Nolan Sanders picked up the save with three innings of effective relief, giving up only one run.
Evan Hackney and Dallas Adkins provided the power in the first game, each tallying a home run to their season total (Hackney's 4th, Adkin's 1st). Hackney went 3-5 in the game, ending up a triple shy of the cycle, with an RBI and a walk.
Game two was a little more shaky for the Mountaineers. Lance Shelton started his first game on the mound since opening day, and, despite some control problems, fought his way through 5 innings of work, leaving with the score tied at 3. Tyler Plageman helped the Mountaineers get there with his first career home run in the first inning. Plageman would go 3-4 on the day. Matt Wilburn came in the 6th inning, and gave up three runs- only one of which were earned. The Mountaineers were able to scratch back one run in the seventh, but it was too late, and lost 6-4, balancing the series at 1-1.
The Mountaineers would not be denied in their final game in Ohio, however, as they jumped to a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning. Logan Hunt hit his first home run of the year, which put the Mountaineers up 2-0. And Nathan Summey plated Devin Belleville to put one more run up for Berea. Josh Wilson dominated on the mound in game 3, throwing a complete game shutout for Berea, while giving up only four hits and walking no one. It was the second shutout thrown by Berea since Michael Smither tossed one against Summit University back on March 10th.
The Mountaineers look to keep chasing a postseason berth this Wednesday, as they take on the Alice Lloyd Eagles at the Berea College Sports Complex. For more information about this game, be sure to stay tuned on the official website of the Mountaineers @ www.BereaAthletics.com.