Big Bend Baseball sweeps Blue Mountain

Big Bend moves into a tie for 2nd place with a sweep over Blue Mountain.

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Both games of Big Bend's Saturday sweep of Blue mountain couldn't have been any more different.

In Game 1, Big Bend's Dylan Miller came up big in the bottom of the 9th with a walk-off, RBI-double to lift Big Bend to the 6-5 win; while in Game 2 the Vikes unloaded offensively pounding out 23 hits in a, 23-5, game-shortened, blowout win.

Miller's walk-off double wasn't the only excitement as the Vikes. With the game tied, 4-4, in the Bottom of the 8th inning, Big Bend freshman Tristen Garland came up huge executing a suicide squeeze to give the Vikings the lead. Garland dove across the batter's box and laid out vertically to catch a piece of the pitch as Matthew Plato raced towards home plate. The ball jumped off the bat, past the charging Blue Mountain first baseman, and Garland made it safely to first for the RBI-single. It was Garland's second hit of the game and he joined Miller (double, 2 RBIs) and Tanner Toepke (2 RBIs) as the only Vikings with Multiple hits in Game 1.

Big Bend got a good effort from sophomore right-hander Blake Collier who did a yeoman's job spreading out 7 hits over his 5 innings of work and giving up just 3 runs. Tanner Van Lith would come on to face 2 hitters in the 6th inning before Trey Evans entered to pick up the win (his first of the season) facing 12 batters in 3.1 innings of work while striking out 5.

Things got off to a fast start in Game 2 with Big Bend scoring 7 runs in the first three innings. But they would explode in the 4th and 5th inning scoring 7 runs in each and adding 2 more in the sixth for the mercy-rule win.

Trevor Luckey and Matthew Plato led the Vikings at the plate. Luckey went 5-for-5 (2 doubles, 6 RBIs) while Plato cranked 2 home runs in a 3-for-5 effort while driving in 8. Tyler Todish, Benjamin Albrecht, and Tanner Toepke each had a pair of hits. 

Starting pitcher Jordan Moreno picked up the W throwing 5 innings and striking out 9 hitters. It was Moreno's 2nd win of the season.

With the sweep, the Vikings (13-7) moved into a tie for 2nd place in the Northwest Athletic Conference's East Region with Spokane (13-7). Yakima Valley is currently the region leader with a 14-6 mark.

Big Bend and Spokane will meet on Wednesday as the Vikings travel to face the Bigfoot and next Wednesday (May 8) the Vikings will travel to Yakima. Columbia Basin College will visit the Big Bend campus on Saturday (May 4).

For the complete NWAC standings, CLICK HERE.