BUCKHANNON – John Koon hit a walk-off double in game two to give the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats a 7-6 victory and a sweep over the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets today in Mountain East Conference doubleheader.
The walk-off win was huge as it put the Bobcats in a first-place tie with Concord in the MEC South Division.
Wesleyan took game one by a 10-1 score.
The sweep left Wesleyan with an 18-23 record overall and a 15-9 record in the MEC. Concord is also 15-9 in the league.
Game one was dominated by Wesleyan.
Wesleyan scored first in the bottom of the first when Koon hit a solo homerun.
The Bobcats chased across five runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Koon gave Wesleyan a 7-1 lead when he singled home Fraser with a single to left field.
West Virginia State avoided the shutout with a run in the top of the sixth inning.
Wesleyan pounded out 13 hits in the win.
Smith, Fraser, Koon, Forbrick and Castello each had two hits.
Jake Bishop pitched well earning the victory.
He started the game and went six innings as he improved his record to 3-5. He gave up one earned run on seven hits while striking out two.
Game two was a wild affair between the two teams.
West Virginia State built a 2-0 after 3 ½ innings of action before Wesleyan dented the scoreboard with a three-run outburst in the bottom of the fourth.
Vega hit a two-run double and Castello smacked a one-run single in the inning to treat the Bobcats to a 3-2 advantage.
West Virginia State retook the lead in the with a pair of runs in the top of the fifth and added one more in the top of the sixth for a 5-3 lead.
Wesleyan tied the game in the bottom of the sixth inning when Forbrick crushed a pitch over the left field fence and Vega raced home on an error by the Yellow Jacket's third baseman on a ball hit by Smith.
Wesleyan took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth when Castello singled home pinch runner Dylan Frye with a blooper to center field.
The 'Cats called on Chris Metrick to save the game in the bottom of the ninth, but with two strikes and two outs on Yellow Jacket clean-up hitter Phillip Mandt, Metrick made one mistake that Mandt launched over the left field fence to tie the game at 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, Fraser hit a one-out single and then raced home all the way from first on the gap shot to left field by Koon for the win.
Wesleyan had 13 hits in the game two victory.
Koon, Ryan Kiser, Forbrick, Vega and Castello each had two hits.
Metrick earned the win as he improved his record to 5-0.
Wesleyan will return to action this weekend on the road with a two-day, four-game series with UVa.-Wise.
First pitch is set for 1 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)