BUCKHANNON – For the second straight day, senior left fielder John Koon had a walk-off hit for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats.
Yesterday it was a home run, today it was a walk-off single that gave Wesleyan an 8-7 victory in game two of their MEC doubleheader with UVa-Wise at Hank Ellis Field.
The Bobcats earned a split today as they dropped game one by a 4-2 score.
The split left Wesleyan with a 22-20 record overall and a 14-14 mark in the MEC South Division. They are now just two games behind second-place Glenville State and one game behind third-place Concord with everyone having four conference games left.
In game one, Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third when Dominic Castello reached on a lead-off walk, went to second on a ground out, advanced to third on a wild pitch and then scored on another wild pitch.
A Ben Coffman three-run home run in the top of the fourth gave UVa.-Wise a 3-1 lead.
Wesleyan cut it the lead down to one in their half of the fourth when Tre Kerns scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Castello in the bottom of the fourth.
UVa.-Wise added an insurance run in the top of the fifth when Ty Lighton scored on a wild pitch.
Wesleyan threatened in the sixth loading the bases with no outs, but wasn't able to push across a run.
Then in the bottom of the seventh inning, Wesleyan put runners at first and second with no outs, but again were unable to score a run.
Kerns and Corey Lynn each had two hits to pace the Bobcat offense.
Hunter Rotarius (4-3) started the game and pitched well for the 'Cats but suffered the loss.
He pitched all seven innings and gave up just three earned on seven hits while striking out five.
In game two, UVa.-Wise built a 4-0 lead after three innings of play.
Wesleyan went off in the fourth inning scoring seven runs.
The 'Cats capitalized on three UVa.-Wise errors, two walks and a hit batsman.
That gave Wesleyan a 7-4 lead.
UVa.-Wise scored a pair in the top of the seventh and one in the top of the eighth to deadlock the game at 7-7.
UVa.-Wise appeared ready to take the lead in the top of the ninth as they put runners on the corners with one out, but Cody Jewell hit a liner to first baseman Michael Logsdon who made a diving stop. Logsdon then stepped on first to double off Matt Wright for an unassisted double play.
In the bottom of the ninth, Wyatt Adkins hit a single to deep short and the ball was thrown away allowing him to go to second.
Following a strikeout, Smith singled to center to put runners at first and third with one out.
That is when Koon hit a deep single to right field allowing Adkins to score from third for the victory.
Smith collected three of Wesleyan's nine hits to pace the offense.
Chris Metrick (3-1) picked up the win throwing a scoreless ninth inning.
Wesleyan will return to action this Tuesday when they host Salem International in a non-conference doubleheader.
First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.
(File photo courtesy of Brian Bergstrom/The Record Delta)