Edward Waters Baseball Earns Doubleheader Split With Bluefield In Home Opener

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Jacksonville, Florida – On a cold, rainy afternoon, Edward Waters welcomed the Rams of Bluefield College to James P. Small Memorial Park for the start of a four-game series. The Tigers were able to earn a split with Bluefield during Friday’s doubleheader, falling 8-2 in Game One and holding on to win Game Two, 9-8. the o

Game One: Bluefield 8, Edward Waters 2

Runners left on base were the undoing of the Purple & Orange in the series opener as Edward Waters left eight runners on base. Bluefield got the scoring started early in the top of the first, pushing across three runs. EWC was able to respond with a run in the home half of the first off the bat of designated hitter Wyatt Reid as his RBI single brought home right fielder Keilin Washington to make the score 3-1 after one inning.

Edward Waters got one run closer in the bottom of the third, when center fielder Alfredo Torres smacked an RBI single which scored Washington to make it a 3-2 ballgame.

The score remained 3-2 until the top of the sixth, when the Rams scored two runs and added three more in the top of the seventh to put the game out of reach in favor of the visitors from Virginia.

Wyatt Reid led Edward Waters at the plate, going 2-for-3, with an RBI, followed by Alfredo Torres and left fielder Joseph Eischen who both went 1-for-3.

Bluefield’s Edgardo Bernard led the visitors efforts, going 2-for-3 with two RBI’s.

Kamau Richardson (0-2) took the loss for Edward Waters, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing six hits, with four earned runs, three walks, and four strikeouts. Julio Flores finished the game for Edward Waters, pitching 2.0 innings, allowing three hits, and one walk.

Seth Perkins (1-0) earned the victory for the Rams, pitching 5.0 innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, one walk, and four strikeouts.

Game Two: Edward Waters 9, Bluefield 8:

The Tiger offense got things in gear in Game Two as they were able to outlast the Rams in a high-scoring affair. After surrendering the games first run in the top of the second, Edward Waters bats got going in the home half, scoring four runs. A Bluefield defensive error brought home Alfredo Torres for the Tigers’ first run. Next, Kenneth Isenberg‘s 2-RBI single scored Tyler Rich and Keshawn Herring. Finally, another Rams defensive errored allowed Jose Rivera to come on home to give EWC a 4-1 lead through two innings.

Bluefield was able to get to within two runs of the lead in the top of the third, but the Tigers padded their lead with five runs in the bottom of the third. An RBI fielder’s choice from Keshawn Herring scored Freddy Torres, a two-RBI single from Isenberg scored Herring and Rich, and a two-RBI single from Keilin Washington scored Jose Rivera and Arnie Ruiz to give the Purple & Orange a 9-2 lead

The Rams clawed their way back into the contest, scoring six unanswered runs over the next four innings and had a bases loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh, but EWC was able to close the door and earn a split of the day’s action.

Freddy Torres, Arnie Ruiz, and Kenneth Isenberg led the Tigers offensive efforts, going 2-for-4 on the day, with Isenburg notching four RBI’s.

Carlos Torres and Nick Meadows both went 2-for-4 for Bluefield.

Levi Sigler (1-0) picked up his first collegiate victory on the mound for Edward Waters. The freshman pitching 4.0 innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs, four walks, and four strikeouts. Joseph Eischen picked up the save for the Tigers.

Steven Estep (0-1) took the loss for the Rams with 2.3 innings pitched, allowing five hits, four earned runs, two walks, and two strikeouts.

The Tigers and Rams will wrap up the series on Saturday afternoon with another doubleheader on Saturday, February 2nd starting at 1pm at James P. Small Memorial Park.

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