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Concord Cruises to 24-4 Win Against Glenville

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The Concord University baseball team scored more than 20 runs for the second time in three games this weekend to defeat Glenville State, 24-4, Saturday at Anderson Field.

The victory capped off a three-game sweep of the Pioneers and was Concord's fifth-straight win.

The win evens Concord's overall record at 10-10 on the season and improves its West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference record to 5-2. Glenville State drops to 1-17 overall and 0-7 in the WVIAC.

Sophomore second baseman Jerrod Groves had a 3-for-3 day with a double, two runs scored and a team-high four RBI.

Senior designated hitter Jacob Mays matched Groves with three hits of his own, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a double and one RBI.

The power hitting duo of junior first baseman Joey Miller and freshman Joe Camp both launched home runs and drove in three runs.

Miller's home run was his sixth of the season and second of the series. He leads CU with 26 RBI so far in 2013. Camp's home run was his first of the season.

Rounding out Concord's top run producers Saturday with two RBI apiece were senior outfielder Devin Smith, junior outfielder Bret Blevins, junior T.J. Brockway and senior short stop Josh Wenger.

Blevins, who leads the team with 28 hits, also stole two bases, his 11th and 12th swipes of the season.

When starting pitcher Drew Spear was pulled after giving up three runs in a third of an inning, six Concord relief pitchers combined to surrender just one run and six hits in the final 8.2 innings of play.

Freshman Chris Kelly (1-0) earned his first victory as a Mountain Lion, after pitching 2.2 innings and scattering two hits and one run.

Sophomore Cody Justus, junior Ryan Weatherholtz, senior Justin Willard and freshman Austin Southcott all threw scoreless inning while freshman James Patton pitched two scoreless innings in relief. Weatherholtz struck out three batters in his first appearance since Feb. 23.

Concord trailed 4-1 heading into the bottom of the second inning. However, any thoughts the Pioneers had of salvaging the series with a Saturday win were ended when the Mountain Lions posted seven runs in the bottom of the second. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Blevins and Miller's three-run bomb.

From there on it was all Concord as the Mountain Lions added five runs in the fourth, three in the sixth, and eight in the eighth on the way to their second-highest offensive output of the year.

As a team, CU was 15-for-33 with runners on base and 7-for-8 with runners on third base. Concord batters led off with hits to start six of its eight innings at the plate.

The Mountain Lions now look to finish off their nine-game homestand with a pair of wins Wednesday, March 20 vs. Shepherd. First pitch at Anderson Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.