By Paul Adkins
April 10, 2014
The WVU Tech baseball team split a pair of games against the University of Pikeville Tuesday at Logan High School’s Roger Gertz Field.
The Golden Bears took Game One, 1-0, before falling in the nightcap, 2-1 to the Bears.
Tech is now 11-17 in 2014 while UPike holds a record of 20-20.
WVU Tech was able to score a win in the first game of the doubleheader off of senior third baseman Zach Sizemore’s home run in the first inning.
The Golden Bears pitching and defense worked together to keep UPike from crossing the plate to earn the shutout.
The Golden Bears found themselves with a 1-0 lead again in the second game after the second inning.
Senior designated hitter Mike Ryan led off for Tech, knocking a double in the bottom of the second. Freshman catcher Trevor Lam followed him, also hitting a double and plating Ryan for the RBI and Tech’s only run of the game.
The Bears answered back in the top of the third, scoring two unearned runs on junior pitcher Craig Johnson, a Chapmanville Regional High School product. The two runs were enough for Pikeville in the 2-1 victory over the Golden Bears.
Tech recorded seven hits with Ryan, Sizemore and Lam marking a double each.
Johnson drew the start on the mound for the loss, striking out one while walking two batters. In 6.2 innings of work, Johnson gave up three hits and two unearned runs.
The Golden Bears will next host Bluefield State College in a three-game series this weekend, starting with a doubleheader on Saturday in East Bank, W.Va.