Bluefield State Outlasts Edward Waters College to Open Black College World Series

Though there were some tense moments in the late innings, Bluefield State baseball overcame a one run 4-3 seventh-inning deficit with a two run inning to win the opening game of the inaugural Black College World Series on Wednesday afternoon at Riverwalk Stadium with the first pitch recorded at 12:01 pm. 

The game was an historic event in crowning an HBCU baseball national champion on the field. 

Bluefield State led 3-0 heading to the bottom of the third inning, but with a one run fourth and three more in the fifth propelled Edward Waters to a one run 4-3 lead. However, Bluefield’s hits erased the Tigers lead and put Big Blue ahead 5-4 to close out the game. 

At the plate for Big Blue, Junior McRee was 2-for-4, Tanner Brandon 1-for-3, Ty Sizemore 2-for-3. Kenrick Mendez went 3.2 innings on the mound. 

Edward Waters’ Ricardo Santana was 2-for-3 and his single produced a run batted in. Payton Shubert was 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.

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