Wesleyan Earns Baseball Split With UVa.-Wise

Wesleyan Earns Baseball Split With UVa.-Wise

WISE, Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team split a doubleheader with the UVa.-Wise Cavaliers today in Mountain East Conference action.

The Bobcats dropped game one by a 5-1 decision but came back to win game two by an 11-7 score.

It was a big day for the Bobcats as well when Charleston swept Concord to put Wesleyan in first place in the MEC South Division.

The MEC South now looks like this: Wesleyan (16-10), Concord (15-11) and Charleston (14-12) with all three teams having six league games remaining. West Virginia State and UVa.-Wise are tied in fourth at 11-15 and Glenville State is sixth at 10-16. The top three teams will make it to the MEC post-season tournament.

The split left Wesleyan with a 19-24 record overall.

In game one, UVa.-Wise used a five-run second inning to grab a commanding 5-0 lead.

Wesleyan's lone run came in the top of the seventh when Ryan Kiser singled home Austin Keene.

The Bobcats collected just four hits in the contest with Greg Smith, Keene, Kiser and Hunter Rotarius each getting one.

Zach Henderson (2-2) suffered the loss as he started the game and went 2 2/3 innings.

In game two, Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth when they scored an unearned run.

UVa.-Wise scored twice in the fourth and added one more in the fifth to take a 3-1 lead.

Wesleyan chased across five runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Rotarius was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the first run, James Fraser hit a one-run single and John Koon smashed a three-run double to account for the scoring.

That made it a 6-3 contest.

UVa.-Wise hit a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the sixth inning to make it a 6-4 game.

Wesleyan had another five-run fifth inning in the top of the seventh.

Dominic Castello had a ground out RBI, Rotarius knocked in a run on a fielder's choice and Fraser cleared the bases with a three-run double to give Wesleyan an 11-4 lead.

UVa.-Wise chased across three runs in the bottom of the seventh to make it an 11-7 game but they couldn't get any closer.

Wesleyan had 10 hits in the win.

Fraser and Antonio Vega paced the offense with three hits apiece.

Ryan Reicoff earned the win in a relief role.

He improved his mark to 2-1 after tossing 1 2/3 innings.

The two teams will wrap up the four-game series tomorrow with a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.