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After almost two weeks, Miles was finally able to play at historic Rickwood Field Sunday when it hosted Virginia State. The Golden Bears gained a 12-7 win in the opener but fell just short in a 7-5 loss in the nightcap. 

Ryan Bargery and Reeves Brashears each had three runs batted in on the day, Darione Adkison hit his first home run of the season and Austin Pate fought his way to his second win of the season for Miles (4-2). Virginia State is now 2-4 on the season.

GAME 1: Miles 12, Virginia State 7 

Bargery, Adam Bentley and Brashears combined for five hits and six RBI as the Golden Bears scored in each inning. Pate (2-0) gave up 11 hits and four earned runs in five innings but was able to remain undefeated on the young season.

Miles trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the second but erupted for four runs to take the lead. Bargery and Brashears had RBI and two Trojans errors opened the floodgates for the Golden Bears. VSU would tie it in the top of the third but Miles would score four more runs in the bottom of the frame to take control. A RBI single by Bargery and a bases-loaded walk to Bentley got the rally started. After an error allowed another run to score, Peyton Logan‘s sacrifice fly gave the Golden Bears a 9-5 lead that they would not relinquish.

GAME 2: Virginia State 7, Miles 5 

Fireworks in the fourth are usually celebratory but for Miles, it did not have a happy ending.

VSU scored four times in the fourth off starter Christopher Elias (0-1) to put Miles in a 6-1 hole. The Golden Bears answered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning, which started with a long home run to center by Adkison and included RBI from Bargery, Brashears and Logan to get back close. But a potential inning-ending double play went awry in the sixth, allowing the Trojans to tack on an insurance run. Miles loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but Trent Ridlehover lined into a tough luck double play to end the game.

Elias gave up eight hits and six runs – only two earned – in four innings. Ridlehover went 2-for-4 and Logan had two RBI for Miles.

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The Golden Bears have a Valentine’s Day rematch with West Alabama in Warrior. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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