Bucs knock off RCB, drop road decision to Elkins, 3-2

TENNERTON — Buckhannon-Upshur overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit to hand Robert C. Byrd a 12-3 setback Tuesday in Big 10 Conference action at William E. Phillips Memorial Field.

The Bucs answered with two runs in each of the second and third innings en route to scoring 12 unanswered runs.

Casey Hamner cracked a homer in the second and also earned the win on the mound. He settled down after the first inning, scattering just three runs on eight hits and fanning one in six innings of action.

Wes Rosencrance worked a scoreless seventh.

Andrew Herron added three RBIs, Drew Heatherly knocked in a pair and Nick Calef-Boring had two hits, scored three times and added an RBI.

Cole Kiddy had a two-run double in the first for the Eagles (1-3). Xavier Lopez started and took the loss in three innings of work, allowing four runs on four hits.

On Wednesday, the Bucs suffered a tough 3-2 road loss at old rival Elkins on James Gainer’s walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.

Logan Bailey was the hard-luck loser for B-U, going the distance and fanning seven.

Calef-Boring went 2-for-4 at the plate and had the game-tying RBI single in the seventh.

Jesse Williams worked 2/3 of an inning in relief of Gainer to earn the win. Gainer, a left-hander, went 6 1/3 innings, allowing just two hits and striking out five,

Bailey and Gainer were locked in a pitcher’s duel through the first four innings before the Tigers struck for a pair of unearned runs in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead.

B-U picked up an unearned run in the sixth to cut the deficit to 2-1 and tied the game in the seventh when Heatherly reached, stole second and trotted home on Calef-Boring’s two-out single.

B-U is now 6-1 on the season and was slated to host Morgantown on Thursday for a make-up game. The Bucs will then take part if the McDonald’s Classic, facing Notre Dame at 7 p.m. today at Frank Loria Field and Eric McDowell (Pa.) at 2:40 p.m. Saturday at Bridgeport High School.

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