BLUEFIELD, VA - The Montreat College baseball team traveled to take on Bluefield College for a three-game weekend series over the weekend. The Cavaliers took one win from the home team over the series.
In the first game, played on Saturday, the Rams limited Montreat to only four hits in a 4-0 victory. John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) was strong on the mound for the Cavaliers giving up six hits while striking out five over eight innings. Only one of the runs he gave up were earned, as Montreat had four errors on defense. Danilo De Armas (SO/Miami, FL) was 2-4 for the Cavaliers while Nick Bray (JR/Alpharetta, GA) added a double.
In the first game of the Sunday double-header, the Cavaliers used a three-run fourth inning to propel them to a 3-2 victory. Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) and Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) both had RBIs in the inning and a third run scored off of a Bluefield wild pitch. Taylor Cornelius (SR/Lakeland, FL) took over from there, going the distance on the mound, giving up only two runs on six hits with four strikeouts.
In the series finale, the Ram's used three runs in the first inning and four runs in the fourth to roll to a 7-2 victory. The Cavaliers' runs came courtesy of Nick Bray, who roped RBI doubles in both the third and fifth innings but it would not be enough as Bluefield held the Cavaliers in check the rest of the game.
The Cavaliers will be back in action on Wednesday, April 20th when they travel to take on Mars Hill. First pitch is set for 2pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team picked up two big wins on Thursday, sweeping Johnson University in an afternoon double-header at Newell Field.
In game one, the Royals put three runs on the board in the top of the first and added two more in the 5th to go up 5-0 on the home team. The Cavaliers got some offense going in the bottom of the 5th with a pair of runs and matched that total in the sixth to cut the lead to 5-4. In the bottom of the seventh, Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) blasted a home run to tie the game and send it into extra innings. After pitcher Breaden Daniels got through the Johnson batters unscathed in the top of the eighth inning, Robert Hernandez (FR/Miami, FL) got things going for Montreat with a base hit. Hill followed and ended the game with a two-run walk-off home run to give the Cavaliers a 7-5 victory.
Hill ended up going 2-4 with four RBI while the Cavaliers got three hits apiece from Danilo De Armas (SO/Miami, FL) and Dylan Jones (SR/Leicester, NC). Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) went 2-3 with an RBI for a Montreat team that collectively got 15 hits for the game. Braeden Daniels (FR/Statesville, NC) entered the game at pitcher in the fifth and took the win after giving up two runs on three hits with six strikeouts over four innings of work.
In game two, there was far less drama as Montreat erupted for nineteen hits in an 18-3 win. By the time the Royals got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the fourth inning, the Cavaliers were already up 9-2 and they added seven more runs in the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Tray Hill had another monster game, going 3-5 with two home runs and seven RBI. Robert Hernandez scored four runs for the home team while Dylan Jones picked up three hits and four RBI. Zach Jones (JR/Yancyville, NC) went 3-4 with two doubles and three RBI.
The Cavaliers will travel to Bluefield College for a three game series this weekend. The teams will play one game at 6pm on Saturday and return for a doubleheader on Saturday starting at 1pm.
MONTREAT, NC - The Montreat College baseball team ended their week on a high note after taking two games of a three game home series against Appalachian Athletic Conference foe St. Andrews.
In the lone Saturday affair, the Knights struck first, using a pair of runs in the third to take a 2-0 lead. The Cavaliers would respond in the bottom part of the inning when Tray Hill (JR/Chickamauga, GA) hit a two-run double that was followed by a wild pitch that allowed Daniel Branon (SR/Greensboro, NC) to score and give Montreat a 3-2 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, the Cavaliers would strike again when they used a trio of hits and a wild pitch to put three more runs on the board and grow their lead to 6-2. After a Chase Day (JR/Easley,SC) single drove in Danilo De Armas (SO/Miami, FL) in the sixth to make the score 7-2, Montreat looked poised to cruise to an easy win. However, the Knights responded and scored three runs in their final at-bat to cut the Cavalier lead to one run. With the tying run on third and two outs, pitcher John Cassandra (SO/Cumming, GA) was able to get the next Bryan hitter to fly out to end the game and preserve a 7-6 win for Montreat.
Stephen Adams (JR/Jacksonville, FL) picked up a pair of hits and an RB in the win while Danilo De Armas reached base three times and scored three runs. De Armas also knocked in a run and nabbed two stolen bases. Cassandra went the distance on the mound, picking up six strikeouts in the win.
In game one of Sunday's double header, St. Andrews jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning but the Cavaliers used a Tray Hill solo home run to cut the deficit to 3-1 after the first inning. The Knights would score three more runs in the third to build a strong 6-1 lead but the Cavaliers got back into the game with a tremendous fourth inning. In that frame Tray Hill singled and was driven in two batters later when Dylan Jones (SR/Leicester, NC) launched a 1-0 pitch over the wall for a home run. Later in the inning, a Robert Hernandez (FR/Miami, FL) single would drive in John Cassadra and Grayson Snipes (JR/Lancaster, SC) to cut the lead to 6-5. The Cavaliers would be unable to get any more offense going and the Knights used a seventh inning insurance run to seal a 7-5 victory.
In the series finale on Sunday afternoon, the Cavaliers used steady defense and timely hits to come away with a 3-2 victory in eight innings. The Knights got both of their runs in the second inning and stifled the Cavalier bats until the sixth inning when doubles from Robert Hernandez and Chase Day, as well as a Dylan Jones base hit, helped get two runs across the plate and tie the game at 2-2. The score would remain the same after regulation and the teams headed to extra innings. In the bottom of the eight inning, Stephen Adams singled and drove in pich-runner Daniel Branon to give Montreat the victory. The Cavaliers collected ten hits on th game and got two each from Danilo De Armas, Chase Day, Dylan Jones, and Stephen Adams. Pitchers Braeden Daniel and Kyle Nyenhuis (SR/Charlotte, NC) combined to give up only two runs while striking out three batters.
The team will host Johnson University for a double-header at Newell Field on Thursday, April 14th. Game one is set to begin at 1pm.