Bobcats Take Another Split on the Road at UVa.-Wise

Bobcats Take Another Split on the Road at UVa.-Wise

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

Wesleyan took game one by an 8-6 score but lost the second outing by an 8-0 score.

It was the fourth time this season the Bobcats have been shutout.

Wesleyan though has had a knack for the huge comebacks this season and game one was no different.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Austin Keene singled to right field bringing home Greg Smith.

After that, UVa.-Wise had a five-run second inning and added a run in the third for a 6-1 lead.

Wesleyan started to chip away at the lead in the top of the fourth.

In that inning, Smith smashed a two-run double down the left field line that scored Antonio Vega and Eric Forbrick. That closed the gap to 6-3.

John Koon hit his sixth home run of the season in the top of the fifth to shrink the lead to 6-4.

Wesleyan then took the lead for good with four runs in the top of the sixth inning.

James Fraser had a ground-out RBI, Keene cracked a two-run double and Ryan Kiser knocked a one-run single to center field.

Smith was a perfect four-for-four at the plate with two RBIs while Koon, Keene and Kiser each had two hits apiece.

Hunter Rotarius earned the win tossing three innings of scoreless relief giving up just one hit. He evened his record at 3-3.

Chris Metrick picked up his eighth save as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning striking out one.

Game two was all UVa.-Wise.

The contest was actually scoreless through four innings of action, but the Cavaliers scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and sixth innings to take a 4-0 lead.

They wrapped up the scoring with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Wesleyan had eight hits with Koon, Keene and Vega each getting two apiece.

Travis Perry (3-2) suffered the loss in a starting role.

He went six innings and didn't allow an earned run (four unearned runs) on five hits while striking out two.

Despite the split, Wesleyan maintained its lead in the MEC South Division.

They are currently 17-11 in the league and one game up on Concord and two games up on Charleston.

The 'Cats are 20-25 overall.

They will be idle until Saturday when they visit Glenville State in a league doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

With one more victory, the Bobcats will secure a berth in the MEC Post-Season Tournament scheduled for May 11-14.