Rotarius Tosses Shutout As 'Cats Earn Split With Urbana

Rotarius Tosses Shutout As 'Cats Earn Split With Urbana

BUCKHANNONHunter Rotarius pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout over the Urbana Blue Knights to lead the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to a 3-0 victory in game two of a Mountain East Conference doubleheader.

Wesleyan dropped the first game by a 3-1 score.

Rotarius was near perfect as he allowed just three hits and one walk while striking out three.

He evened his record to 2-2 on the season.

Wesleyan scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning and that was all the offense Rotarius needed.

Antonio Vega drew a lead-off walk and James Fraser (pictured) and John Koon were both hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Greg Smith hit into a fielder's choice that scored Vega and Austin Keene hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Fraser.

That made it a 2-0 game.

Wesleyan added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning when Smith hit a one-run single to left field that scored Fraser.

Wesleyan had five hits in the contest with Fraser and Smith each getting two apiece.

In game one, Wesleyan didn't manage their first hit until the sixth inning.

At that point, they trailed by a 3-0 score.

Wesleyan's lone run came in the bottom of the seventh inning on a solo home run by Eric Forbrick.

Forbrick, Koon and Fraser had Wesleyan's three hits.

Jake Bishop (1-5) pitched well but suffered the loss.

He went the distance and allowed just one earned run on eight hits while not walking a batter and striking out two.

The split left Wesleyan with a 9-16 mark overall and a 7-4 ledger in the MEC.

They will play a make-up game with Notre Dame Monday at 11 a.m.

It will be a one nine-inning game with Notre Dame being the home team.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)