By CAMERON NIXON
The men’s baseball team continues their trek through the mid-south and the NAIA in general with another sweep of a conference opponent. After losing to Union College on the road 8-18 on April 9, the Tigers played three great games at Bluefield College winning them all. Their record now sits at 28-14 overall, 15-6 in the mid-south conference.
Against Union, the Tigers had a two-run lead to start in the first inning, but Union took control in the second and fourth without ever relinquishing it. They scored in the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings to put the game away early. Ryan Serrato and David Higuera both had good games, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and 2-for-5 with one RBI respectfully.
The first and second games against Bluefield went to extra innings. The Tigers won 8-6 in 10 innings in the first game, and 12-10 in 11 innings in the second. Down by three runs in the top of the eighth, the Tigers scored twice and then once in the ninth to force the extra innings in the first game. They scored twice more in the 10th inning to win.
The second game played out similarly to the first, with the two teams battling for the lead, except for this time the Tigers were up at the top of the eighth. Bluefield’s Rams scored two at the bottom of the eighth and extra innings were needed after a scoreless ninth inning. After scoring two in the 11th inning, Chris Villabolos put the game away, winning his second game of the season. In the final game, Bluefield scored in the bottom of the first and then never again. The Tigers scored in the top of the third and went the distance to beat the Rams 8-1.