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Captains sweep Ferrum in first USA South series of 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

NEWPORT NEWS -- Reigning USA South Athletic Conference baseball champion and preseason league title favorite Christopher Newport University (CNU) completed a series sweep of diamond rival Ferrum College with a 2-1 victory Sunday.

CNU (3-0 in the USA South, 4-0 overall), which was nationally-ranked in preseason and a campaign removed from playing in the NCAA Division III College World Series, posted two, one-run wins and a shut-out triumph in the season-opening conference series for both teams.

Ferrum (0-3 in the USA South, 1-4 overall) has lost four straight games since a season-opening, one-run win over Eastern Mennonite University. The Panthers have lost three, one-run games to date.

Sunday, the Captains rallied from a 1-0 deficit through 6 1/2 frames by scoring twice in their half of the seventh inning.

CNU outhit Ferrum 6-4.

Each team committed one error and each team turned one double play.

Captains starting pitcher Bryan Beirlein struck out 10 Ferrum batters. He surrendered four hits and no walks in seven innings of work for the victory.

Ryan Fleischmann, the last of two relievers employed by the Captains, tossed a perfect ninth inning to earn a save, his second this season.

The Panthers were retired in order in the top of the eighth and the top of the ninth.

Matt Reynolds was 2 of 3 for Ferrum, while Justin Cox and Eddie McGrath each collected a hit.

McGrath drove in the Panthers' lone run; his single brought Justin Cox home.

Justin Weaver registered three hits, two of which were doubles, and two RBI for the Captains

Also, Preston Grissom, Curtis Pitman and Paul Keys Jr. each recorded one hit.

Weaver's seventh-inning double drove in Chris McDougal and Grissom.

Jake Perkins was tagged with the loss for Ferrum despite striking out six hitter over 6 1/3 innings. He yielded four hits, five walks and both of CNU's runs, both of which were earned.

Adam Duncan worked 1 2/3 innings of relief. He struck out two and allowed two hits.

Ferrum suffered a 3-0 loss in the first game of the series on Saturday and in Saturday's second game, the Panthers were defeated 8-7.

The Panthers took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth, but failed to stymie an eight-run rally by the Captains.

Weaver's double in the bottom of the ninth drove in Tommy Kane with the winning run.

Earlier in the frame, Jacob Houston stroked an RBI double and Kyle Corvin plated two runs with a base hit.

Later, both Corvin and Travis Young scored and Kane doubled to reach base before scoring the game-winner.

Alex Stepp drove in two runs for Ferrum in the second inning and the Panthers scored three more runs in the fourth.

Jordan Boze worked two innings in relief for the win for CNU, while reliever Justin Puentes absored the loss for Ferrum.

In the first game, Bryant Lowry belted a solo home run and drove in two runs for the Captains.

CNU's Austin Chrismon, the winning pitcher, struck out eight.

Ferrum returns to action today at home against Bridgewater College. Game time at W.B. Adams Field is 4 p.m.

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