Hardvis Batista’s Gem Leads Paine Lions To Win Over Bluefield State

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AUGUSTA, Ga. – The Paine College baseball team defeated Bluefield State College, 9-0,  behind a pitching gem from Hardvis Batista Sunday afternoon at Lions Field in Augusta, Georgia.

PC improves to 5-9 on the season while the Big Blues fell to 4-8.

Batista (1-1) held the BSC bats at bay the entire afternoon throwing eight scoreless innings, giving up only five hits, striking out eight while walking four Big Blue hitters.

Gabriel Guzman scored the Lions first run after hitting a triple to right center field and scoring on a wild pitch giving PC a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Guzman drove in Paine’s second run of the game on an RBI triple in the fourth inning scoring Jaron Johnson who reached on a fielders choice making the score 2-0.

The Lions extended their lead in the bottom of the sixth inning when Ricky Carvajal singled to right field to get on, advanced to second on a throwing error and scored a few batters later on a throwing error by Drew D’Angelo extending the Paine lead to 3-0.

PC would add four more runs in the bottome of the seventh inning keyed by an RBI triple by freshman, Keenan Robinson, that scored Brad Doebler who walked, an RBI single by Kendrick Elder that drove in Robinson and an RBI single by Carvajal that brought in Fentress Henderson who reached on an error giving Paine a 7-0 lead.

The Lions scored their final two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning aided by six Bluefield State walks making the scored 9-0.

Richard Marte pitched a scoreless 1-2-3 ninth inning in relief striking out one.

Guzman led Paine at the plate going 2-for-3 with two triples, two runs scored, and one RBI, while Carvajal and Robinson both finished with two hits and an RBI a piece.

Brandon Wortkoetter took the loss for BSC pitching 6.1 innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs (four earned) while striking out two and walking one.

The Lions return to action this Wednesday as they travel north to take on CIAA foe the Falcons of St. Augustine’s University in a double-header starting at 4 p.m. at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

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