Henderson, Metrick Pitch Shutout Against Charleston

Henderson, Metrick Pitch Shutout Against Charleston

BUCKHANNONZach Henderson (pictured) and Chris Metrick combined to throw a shutout against the University of Charleston in game one of a twin bill in Mountain East Conference action today at Hank Ellis Field.

Henderson started the contest and earned the win while Metrick picked up the save as Wesleyan won game one by a 2-0 score.

Wesleyan dropped the nightcap by a 13-8 decision.

In the bottom of the first, James Fraser doubled to left field and scored on an Austin Keene single to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.

Wesleyan scored their second run in the bottom of the second inning when Eric Forbrick doubled to right field, went to third on a single by Antonio Vega and scored on a single by Dominic Castello.

Charleston loaded the bases in top of the seventh but Metrick didn't allow a runner to score.

The Bobcats had seven hits in the contest with Forbrick and Vega each getting two apiece.

Henderson (1-0) won his first game of the season. He went five innings and allowed just three hits and two walks.

Metrick earned his fourth save of the year with two scoreless innings while allowing five hits and striking out one.

In game two, Charleston took an early 3-0 lead before Wesleyan plated two runs in the bottom of the second on a Greg Smith two-run single.

Charleston scored three times in the top of the fourth to grab a 6-2 lead.

Wesleyan countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to shrink the lead to 6-4.

Forbrick had a one-run single and Castello hit a sacrifice fly for a run during the inning.

Charleston tacked on three more in the seventh and one more in the eighth for a 10-4 advantage.

Keene hit a one-run single and Forbrick drew a bases loaded walk as Wesleyan sliced into the into the Charleston lead, at 10-6.

Charleston added three insurance runs in the top of the ninth for a 13-6 advantage.

Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring with a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth when Fraser hit a sacrifice fly for a run and John Koon had a one-run single.

The Bobcats outhit Charleston by an 18-17 margin.

Koon had four hits while Smith and Keene each had three hits.

The split left head coach Randy Tenney's club with a 10-18 record overall and an 8-6 record in the MEC South Division, where they still hold onto second place.

The Bobcats and Charleston will square off again Monday in another doubleheader.

First pitch is slated for 3 p.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)