WILLIAMSBURG, KY- The Berea College Mountaineer baseball team was defeated in their game against the University of the Cumberlands Patriots by a score of 0-10 in 8 innings.
The game started with Cord Glass on the mound, who was able to keep the Patriots scoreless for the first two innings of work. The Patriots were able to jump to a 0-6 lead over the Mountaineers by stringing 6 hits together, including a 3 run home run. Glass stranded two in the inning, but would not return to pitch in the fourth (L, 3.0 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 K, 0 BB).
Nate Metz made his college debut in relief of Glass, and pitched through the next three innings without much of a scratch, save a throwing error by Metz that allowed an unearned run to score, making it 0-7. Metz's fourth inning of work out of the bullpen was troublesome for the senior pitcher, as he gave up 3 hits and 2 earned runs, ending his run (3.0+ IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 K 0 BB). Freshman Kyle Jones came into the game following Metz, getting the Mountaineers out of the inning, but giving up the tenth run of the game in his next inning of work, enforcing the 10 run rule on the Mountaineers (1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB).
Berea's hitting didn't amount to much at all, save a single by Tyler Plageman, and two from second baseman Ryan Blevens. Berea struck out ten times in the game, eight times against starting pitcher Jeff Rivera, and twice against Patriot reliever Brantley Bray.
The Mountaineers are back at home on Thursday, March 10th against the Summit University Defenders. Michael Smither looks to take the mound and give Berea their second win of the year before heading south for three games at Sewanee University.