Battlers earn sweep over Big Blues

PHILIPPI – Alderson-Broaddus used the long ball to earn a doubleheader sweep over Bluefield State Tuesday in West Virginia Conference action at Jack Funk Field.

The Battlers, who honored their seniors during the afternoon, hit five home runs in the two contests, including a sixth-inning grand slam from Sean Collette that was the difference in A-B’s 4-0 victory in the opening game.

Left-hander Jeff Conley went the distance to earn the win, allowing four hits and striking out six.

It was his fifth victory of the season.

Ridge Sibold took the loss for the Big Blues, surrendering four runs on six hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked two.

Leadoff hitter Brandon Quay had two hits to pace A-B at the plate.

The Battlers erupted for six runs in the second inning to break open a 2-2 tie en route to a 17-3 victory in the nightcap.

The winners scored a run in every inning of the contest.

Collette had a solo homer during the uprising, while Kirby Clemens added a two-run shot.

After Dylan Raymond hit a solo homer in the top of the third, the Battlers plated four more runs in the bottom of the frame to open up a 12-3 cushion.

Quay had an RBI single in the inning and Clemens an RBI sacrifice fly.

A-B tacked on two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings.

David Bryan had a two-run single in the fourth, and Clemens a solo homer and Daniel Essian a run-producing single in the fifth.

Clemens had four hits to lead the Battlers’ 19-hit attack.

Raymond finished with two hits for Bluefield State.

Bobby Williams went 6 1/3 innings to earn the win. He allowed three runs on four hits, struck out nine and walked three.

Tyler Frazier took the loss, giving up 12 runs on 10 hits in 2 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three.

A-B improves to 21-21 overall and 16-16 in the WVC and will travel to Division I foe Youngstown State at 3 p.m. Friday.

Bluefield State dropped to 7-29 and 6-21.