Bluefield tops Milligan, 13-5

from staff reports


   A rain-shortened day saw the Bluefield Rams defeat Milligan 13-5 at Anglin Field on Saturday afternoon.
   Bluefield scored six runs in the seventh inning to extend a 3-2 lead to a 9-2 advantage, and then pushed across four more in the eighth before the rains came.
   Milligan starter Matt Simmons pitched six strong innings before tiring in the seventh. Simmons allowed six runs (three earned) on seven hits before being relieved by Rob Maynard.
   Simmons fell to 1-1 on the season.
   Scott Shealy led the Buffs with a 2-for-4 day at the dish. Shealy scored a pair of runs and extended his hitting streak to 21 games in the process.
   Shealy has reached by hit in 22 of Milligan's 23 games this season. Ben Whittemore also continued to swing a hot stick with two doubles and an RBI.
   Dustin Price had two hits and scored two runs for the Buffs.
   Milligan fell to 9-13 (4-1 AAC).

   KNOXVILLE -- In the first of a three game set at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, the Tennessee Volunteers got head coach Rod Delmonico his 500th career victory with a 6-4 win over UNC-Asheville.
   Delmonico became the ninth Southeastern Conference coach to reach the 500 win plateau, and Delmonico did it in 760 games, which is the third fastest of any league coach to do so.
   Matt Sternberg and Dennis Gomez each went 3-for-4 as Tennessee (8-10) pounded out 14 hits. Gomez also scored three runs and doubled twice on the day.
   Walter Sevilla singled home Gomez with the go-ahead run in the sixth inning which broke a 4-4 deadlock. Two frames later Chad LeGate plated Gomez with a double that gave the Vols an insurance run.
   Joey Andrews (2-2) picked up the win in relief of starter Ben Riley who struck out a season high six batters in four and one-third frames. Jeff Terrell earned his second save with one-third innings work, by inducing UNC-A first baseman Bill Carley to bounce out.
   This nullified a Bulldog rally that saw them put runners on first and third when Carley came to the plate.
   Brad Beck (0-1) took the loss for the 'Dogs, who fell to 0-4 overall on the young season. Beck surrendered two runs (both earned) on five hits in relief of Judson Ballard.
   Carley, Denver Edick, Grant Rembert and Scott Stotlar each ripped two hits for the Bulldogs. Carley's two-run two bagger in the fifth gave UNC-A a 4-2 lead.
   That lead was short-lived however as Nick Crowe blasted a solo homer and Sternberg followed that one batter later with a double that plated Brandon Hopkins to tie the game at 4-4.