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Concord Continues Home Dominance, Sweeps Glenville State

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The Concord University baseball team continued its strong play at home with a doubleheader sweep of Glenville State College Friday 22-5, 7-6. The Mountain Lions are now 7-3 at Anderson Field in 2013.

Concord's overall record improved to 9-10 on the year and 4-2 in West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play. The Mountain Lions have won their last four games. Glenville State's record fell to 1-16 overall and 0-6 in league play.

Leading Concord was sophomore third baseman Ryan Johnston and junior outfielder Bret Blevins. Johnston combined in the two games to go 2-for-3 with three runs scored, five RBI and one home run. Blevins drove in four runs, scored twice and stole bases while going 3-for-6 at the plate.

Concord eclipsed the 20-run plateau for the second time this season off of 19 hits. 12 of the 14 CU players to record an official at-bat registered hits including seven Mountain Lions who had multi-hit games.

CU pulled away from Glenville State early with seven runs in both the first and second innings. Concord added to its 14 early runs with a run in the third inning, three more in the fourth and a additional four in the sixth to secure a 17-run victory.

Junior first baseman Joey Miller went 2-for-3 with three RBI and one home run, his team-best fifth of the season. Senior designated hitter Devin Smith also flexed his power by launching his second home run of the year in a two-hit performance.

Freshman catcher Charles Goss plated four runs on two hits while Blevins finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI and a stolen base. Freshman outfielder Andrew Seigel added two hits and two RBI from his leadoff spot.

The freshman duo of Joe Camp and Brad Sullivan came off the bench to tally two hits each with Camp driving in a pair of runs off of two doubles.

Junior pitcher Tyler Coyle (2-2) cruised to the victory on the mound. In four innings Coyle struck out three batters and gave up four runs on five hits.

Pitchers Will Zuspan, Tim Leather and Austin Southcott each threw an inning in relief to finish out the contest.

Game two was a much tighter affair as Glenville State regrouped from its beating in game one to jump out to a 5-2 lead through the opening three innings of action.

However, sophomore pitcher Kevin Mack (1-0) entered the game in relief of starter Dustin Nuckels in the fourth inning and proceeded to shut the Glenville State offense down. Mack tossed three innings, giving up just three hits and one run.

With the Pioneer offense being kept in check by Mack, Concord began to mount its comeback starting with one run in the fourth inning. Senior outfielder Jacob Mays scored off of a sacrifice fly by Johnston, after being hit by a pitch to start the inning, stealing second and taking third off of the throw.

Johnston once again played the role of hero in the bottom of the sixth inning when he sent a towering shot over the left field wall that scored senior shortstop Josh Wenger and Miller to give Concord a 6-5 lead.

Later in the inning, junior catcher Brandon Costa put Concord up 7-5 when he hit what turned out to be a game-winning RBI-single to score Seigel, who had reached with an infield single.

Glenville State scored one run in the seventh, but Freshman pitcher Brandon Tucker was able to record the final three outs of the game, including a strikeout on his final pitch, to pick up the save and secure the one-run win.

For the game, Wenger and Mays both stole two bases, Costa had two hits and Johnston drove in four runs.

Concord will look to finish off the three-game sweep of Glenville State 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Anderson Field.