The Mountaineers took the field on Sunday in the last game a of weekend three-game series with the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies (15-3) confident and ready for action. GGC, one of NAIA's elite teams, jumped out to a 3-0 lead and it looked like the Blue Crew may be in for their third straight rough outing; but the BC bats came alive with two outs in the fourth as they scored seven runs and clearly told GGC that they would not go down with out a fight.
Lance Shelton battled his control, but was keeping the Grizzlies in check in his first start. He went five and two-thirds innings giving up seven hits, six walks, striking out three and four runs - but in a position for the win when he left the game in the sixth inning.
That would all come crashing down in eighth inning when it was Grizzlies' turn to erupt offensive. They would push four runs across and take the lead 8-7. The GGC closer would do his job and BC would see its first win, slip away.
Offensively, it was a balanced offensive effort with seven Mountaineers recording a hit, and eight players driving in one run each. Ryan Akins continued his torrid weekend going 3-5 with one RBI, and Aaron Effoe would go 2-5 with one RBI and two runs scored from his lead-off position.
The Mountaineers (0-3) return to the field is currently a question mark as they leave the somewhat tempered Georgia weather behind and return north. Their double header at Ohio Christian University set for Tuesday, March 3 and their single game versus Kentucky State set for Thursday, March 5 have both been canceled because of field conditions. Stay tuned here for updates to the 2015 schedule.