Stillman Tigers Split Doubleheader With Bluefield State




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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Stillman College snapped a six-game losing skid Tuesday afternoon when it followed an 8-2 loss with an 8-6 win over Bluefield State College to sweep a non-conference doubleheader at Tiger Field.

Stillman (6-9) will travel to McKenzie, Tenneessee this weekend for a three-game Southern States Athletic Conference series at Bethel University, beginning with a single game March 15 and a doubleheader March 16.

GAME 1: Bluefield State 8, Stillman 2 

Stillman took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Ben Vowell singled to right-center to drive in Justin Rea, who previously reached on an error.

Bluefield State bounced back with four runs in the top of the third off starting pitcher Shawn Vowell, who did not give up a hit. Vowell walked two and hit two to load the bases in the third inning. He was charged with four runs, three earned.

Cameron Kilgore attempted to hold the Big Blues at bay for three innings of relief work, allowing one earned run off two hits and two walks, but Bluefield added three runs late off Jared Hines.

Stillman added a run in the bottom of the fifth after Rea led off with a single up the middle. He went on to steal thrid and scored on a wild throw by the BSC catcher on the stolen base attempt.

Bayard Stevens went the distance for Bluefield State, striking out four and allowing six hits.

Dalton Pate led Stillman with two hits in the game.

Leadoff hitter Logan Wriston was 2-for-4 for Bluefield, while Roman Moore was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and Peyton Durham collected three RBI without recording a hit.

Stillman had five errors in the game.

GAME 2: Stillman 8, Bluefield 6 

Lazaro Rodriguez grandslam in the bottom of the second erased a 3-0 hole and put Stillman in front, 5-3 to give DJ Sledge the win on the mound. Prior to the home run, Ronald Strothers pushed across Stillman’s first run on a bases-loaded walk.

Courtland Kelow drove in Cole Lepchitz for an insurance run in the third inning before Bluefield added two in the fourth on a wild pitch and sac fly by JR McRee. The Tigers got those two runs right back in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI double by Darshon Broadwater and Lepchitz sac fly.

Dillon McCaleb held off B-State through two innings of relief work before Zak Zavankham closed out the game in the seventh, allowing one run on a home run to center field by Tanner Brandon.

Sledge allowed five earned runs off six hits and three walks. He struck out two.

Rodriguez and Kelow each had two hits to lead Stillman with Rodriguez driving in four.

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