Baseball 'Cats Begin Season With Split Against Adelphi

Baseball 'Cats Begin Season With Split Against Adelphi

WINTER HAVEN (Fla.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team opened their 2016 season Saturday with a doubleheader against the Adelphi University Panthers at the Chain of Lakes Complex.

The Bobcats and Panthers battled to a pair of one-run games.

Wesleyan won the opener by a 4-3 score but Adelphi came back to take the second outing, 3-2, after winning it with a walk-off single in the ninth.

Wesleyan struck first in the bottom of the first inning when Michael Logsdon doubled home John Koon to give the Bobcats a quick 1-0 lead.

Adelphi scored one in the fourth and added two more in the fifth to grab a 3-1 lead.

Greg Smith singled home James Fraser in the bottom of the fifth inning to bring Wesleyan to within one, at 3-2.

Wesleyan scored the two go-ahead runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Fraser doubled home Ryan Rado to even the game at 3-3 and then Fraser later scored on a fielder's choice hit by Smith.

The Bobcats collected 11 hits in the contest with Nick Jones leading the way with three hits while Koon and Frasier both had two.

Bobby Ornes picked up the win in a relief role. He pitched a scoreless seventh inning to gain the victory.

Chris Metrick earned the save for Wesleyan throwing a scoreless ninth inning.

In the second outing, Adelphi took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Wesleyan tied the game in the top of the seventh when Dominic Castello scored on a ground out by Wyatt Adkins.

The Bobcats took their first lead of the game with a run in the top of the ninth when Antonio Vega singled home Corey Lynn.

Wesleyan couldn't hold the lead though as Adelphi pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning for the win.

The Bobcats had just four hits in the loss with Lynn getting two of them.

Jake Bishop suffered the loss after pitching the ninth inning.

Wesleyan (1-1) will return to action Sunday when they face Seton Hill at 2:45 p.m.

They will play Wheeling Jesuit Monday in a non-conference doubleheader starting at 12:15 p.m.