FRANKFORT, KY- The Berea College baseball team failed to notch their first win of the year against the Kentucky State Thorobreds on Wednesday, March 2nd by a painfully high score of 17-18.
The Thorobreds were held in check for two innings by starting pitcher Michael Smither (0-1), who looked to bounce back after receiving a losing decision in his first appearance. The Mountaineers took a 4-1 lead in the third inning, before a 10 run inning allowed the Thorobreds to take a commanding lead over their adversaries from Berea.
But the Mountaineers were not done, yet. Berea, behind Nathan Summey and Evan Hackney's 5 RBI's per person, were able to claw their way back into the game, and take an eventual lead in the 7th inning, 17-13. Cord Glass stepped up for the Mountaineers and kept BC in the game all the way until the 9th inning, where he, after one hundred pitches out of the bullpen, walked two batters in a row, ending his valiant effort out of the pen. Griffon Norris allowed both runs to come in, and on three two-out, two-strike hits, Kentucky State tied the game at 17. Hard throwing Matt Wilburn came in to try to take the game into extra innings, but an error and a dropped fly ball gave KSU the wherewithal to muster a 17-18 win over the Mountaineers.
Berea is back in action this weekend against Grove City College. The first game is on Friday at 3:30pm. Chad Brown looks to start and give the Mountaineers their first win in a 9 inning game. The next day will be two 7 inning games at 12:00pm an 2:00pm. Matt Wilburn and Zach Roberson are projected to start both games in the double header against our opponents from Pennsylvania.
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