Virginia State Terrance Berry Reaches Career Milestone As Lions Fall In Doubleheader

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Terence Berry struck out 11 batters in reaching a career milestone as Bluefield State College pulled off a doubleheader sweep against the Lincoln University Baseball team 4-3 and 2-1 in Woodstock, Virginia Sunday afternoon.

The Lions fall to 5-18 overall while Bluefield State improves to 10-14.

Berry in his first season back after Tommy John surgery entered the game with 95 career strikeouts and wasted no time in becoming just the second Lincoln pitcher behind Matt Sample (2003-06) to record 100 or more career strikeouts.  Terence struck out two batters in the first inning and proceeded to strike out the side in the second after giving up a pair of walks to open the inning.  He went on to strikeout six more batters in the next four innings to record the first double digit strikeout effort of his collegiate career.   His 53 strikeouts so far this season are the third highest total in Lincoln baseball history behind Sample’s 99 in 2006 and 71 in 2004.  Berry leads the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association in strikeouts per nine innings pitched, averaging 11.45 and is second in the conference in total strikeouts.

Back to the game, Berry gave up a single run in the first inning and the Lions took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second.  Gabriel Santiago (Bronx, N.Y./Mount Saint Michael Academy) singled and stole second and scored on Michael Howard (Bronx, N.Y./Utica College)‘s two-out double.  Marquis Coleman (Middle River , Md./Baltimore Polytech HS) followed with a single to score Howard, giving the Lions the lead, 2-1

Two runs by Bluefield gave the lead back to the big blues 3-2 before the Lions tied it up again in the bottom of the fifth.  Ronald Lashley (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker Academy) reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and moved to third on Aiden Gomes (Bronx, N.Y./LaSalle Academy)‘ single.  DeVanté Parker brought him home with an infield groundout.

The score remained tied at 3-3 until the seventh inning.  Yasser Ortiz (Carolina, P.R./Juan Jose’ Osuna), on in relief for Berry gave up a walk and a double with one out to put two runners in scoring position.  The next batter, Sam Harris hit a hard grounder that went right between the legs of Parker, the Lions third baseman for a two-base error and two runs scored for a 5-3 Bluefield lead.

Lincoln managed just a two-out walk to Parker in their final at bat as they hung on to win.  Bo Williams (4-3) earned the win for the big blues.  Ortiz (1-2) took the loss for the Lions.

The second game of the twinbill was a pitcher’s duel between BSC’s Tanner Muovich and Lincoln’s Rolando Alvarez (Brooklyn, N.Y./Nazareth Regional HS).  Both pitchers put up similar stat lines, giving up just three hits with Alvarez striking out four and Muovich striking out five.  Lincoln however struggled to get Alvarez any run support as the Lions fell 2-1.

A fielding error by Howard in the first inning led to the first Bluefield run and the Big Blues tacked on a second in the third via a sacrifice fly by Chase Chambers.

Trailing 2-0, Lashley led off the top of the fourth and was hit by a pitch.  He stole second base and later scored on Joshua Roberson (Germantown, Md./Seneca Valley HS)‘s two out double, pulling the Lions within one 2-1.
Howard had a single in the fifth inning and Lashley a single in the sixth but that was all the offense Lincoln would generate as Muovich retired eight of the last nine Lincoln batters to give Bluefield a sweep of the doubleheader with the 2-1 win.

The Lions return to action on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 when they host Mansfield University in a non-conference doubleheader at Maplezone Sports Institute (MSI).  First pitch is at 1:00 p.m.

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