The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.


March 27, 2013

Golden Bear teams among USCAA’s best

In the first results of the season, the WVU Tech softball team (fifth) and baseball team (seventh) have high rankings in the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) coaches poll.

On Saturday, the Golden Bear men (16-14) posted their eighth and ninth straight wins by whipping visiting Ohio Midwestern, 10-0 and 21-1.

Tech collected 13 hits in the first contest.

Zach Sizemore, Jose Soto, Taylor Carter and Austin Lucas had two hits apiece for Tech. Soto had a homer and three RBIs, and Sizemore belted a triple and drove in a pair of runs.

Grant Williams went seven innings, fanning seven and yielding four hits, to secure the mound triumph.

In the nightcap, Tech pounded out 20 hits to coast to the victory.

Sizemore (three RBIs) and Lucas (two RBIs) were both 3-for-4 to pace the attack. Ryan Bailey (three RBIs) and Colton Ruley (one RBI) added two hits each, and Eric Stone drove in a pair of runs.

Jonathan Price earned the pitching win in relief.

The Bears host Shawnee State at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Douglas Epling field in East Bank.

Meanwhile, the softball squad (8-8) defeated Bluefield State College, 11-6 and 11-0, on Saturday.

Kat Lively, Emily Geldbach and Katie Campbell (home run, three RBIs) had two hits apiece for the Golden Bears in the opener. Stephanie Nickell (double) and Ali Holmes each drove in a pair of runs.

Jacki Wood collected the pitching win by giving up eight hits and striking out eight batters.

Campbell was 3-for-3 with a homer and four RBIs to power Tech in the second game. Megan Blythe had a home run and four RBIs, as well, and Geldbach had two hits.

Bridgett Goss got the mound decision, limiting Bluefield to two hits and striking out five.

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