The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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May 1, 2014

Tech swept in four games by Battlers

PHILIPPI — Senior Marc-Richard Culmer hit for the cycle in his final collegiate game and the WVU Tech baseball team dropped four games to NCAA DII foe Alderson-Broaddus University last weekend.

The Golden Bears finished 2014 with a record of 18-27, while the Battlers improved to 26-14.

Culmer was 9-for-14 at the plate for the series, registering four RBIs and scoring three runs while hitting three doubles, a triple and a home run. The senior also stole his 19th base of the season and 38th of his career as a Golden Bear.

Tech lost by scores of 4-1, 7-1, 7-3 and 13-12.

In the first game on Saturday, Tech’s seventh-inning run occurred when Nick Quintero brought in Zach Maynard on a hit to third base. Mike Ryan led off for the Golden Bears, knocking a single to right field, then Maynard came in to pinch run and eventually got the score.

Pitcher Josh Smetana (4-3) struck out five batters, including three in the first two innings, but gave up six walks, two hits and three runs in the loss. Smetana put in four innings of work before Zack Thomas came in for relief, striking out three Battlers while giving up three hits and one run.

In the second game, A-B got off to an early  2-0 lead to get enough cushion for the win at Jack Funk Field.

The Golden Bears managed a run in the bottom of the fourth inning at Douglas M. Epling Field after Culmer reached base on his first double of the day. Zach Sizemore, who was 1-for-3 in game two, plated Culmer off a single to left field.

Will Patteson (1-1) was the pitcher of record for Tech. Patteson, who was coming off a win against Ohio Christian University, allowed four runs and six hits in slightly more than  four innings pitched. Relief pitcher DJ Burgess put in about two innings of work, giving up five hits and three runs.

In the first outing on Sunday, Tech took a 2-0 lead after scoring one run each in the first and second inning. The Battlers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth and the teams were tied up 3-3 by the end of the sixth inning.

A-B’s Marquis Collier hit a walk-off grand slam to lift the Battlers to the 7-3 victory in the bottom of the seventh after Tech was held hitless and stranded two on base in the top of the same inning.

Ryan was 1-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run. Culmer tallied another double while driving in a run.

Ryan Windon drew the start for Tech, allowing six hits and one run in about four innings. Josh Spears (2-2) was the losing pitcher for the Golden Bears, giving up three runs (one earned) on one hit.

Tech dominated in the start of the Sunday nightcap, plating seven runs in the top of the first on seven hits, sparked by Culmer’s two-run homer.

The hosts chipped away in the bottom of the inning, scoring a pair of unearned runs to cut the lead to 7-2. The Battlers took the lead in the fourth on eight hits for a score of 12-7. Tech tied the game in the sixth with four runs, starting with a Culmer triple to right field.

Tech was held to just one hit, Culmer’s double, in the top of the seventh after A-B managed what proved to be the winning run in its prior at-bat.

Spears (2-3) came in as relief for a little over two innings to get the loss for Tech, giving up four hits and one run while striking out one Battler. Junior Craig Johnson started on the mound, allowing seven hits and eight runs (four earned).

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