BECKLEY – The comeback kids had another rally in their playbook today as the West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team defeated West Liberty in a wild 14-12 game in 13 innings in their opening-round game in the Mountain East Conference Tournament at Epling Stadium.
Wesleyan was behind by 5-0 after one inning and trailed 9-4 after three innings but rallied for the two-run victory.
The win improved Randy Tenney's squad to 22-28 overall and placed them in a winner's bracket game against Fairmont State Friday at 7 p.m.
West Liberty scored twice in the bottom of the second, but Wesleyan countered with their own run in the top of the third as Eric Forbrick singled home Austin Keene (pictured). That made it a 7-4 contest.
West Liberty added two more in the bottom of the third for a 9-4 advantage.
James Fraser doubled to left center bringing home Smith to close the deficit to 9-5 in the top of the fourth.
Wesleyan used a four-run inning in the top of the fifth to deadlock the game at 9-9.
Rotarius had a two-run single, Castello scored on a balk and Smith smashed a one-run double to account for the scoring.
The Bobcats took their first lead in the top of the seventh when Fraser doubled to right field scoring Castello.
West Liberty tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh making it a 10-10 contest.
West Liberty scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to force extra innings.
Wesleyan won the game in the top of the 13 with a pair of runs.
John Koon and Keene each drove home a run in the inning.
Wesleyan had 19 hits in the contest with Forbrick collecting four and Rotarius and Keene each getting three.
Chris Metrick pitched six innings of relief as he earned the win to improve his record to 6-0. He didn't allow an earned run on three this while walking one and striking out 10.
May 11, 2017
Game 1 – Shepherd 10, Charleston 6
Game 2 – Fairmont State 12, Concord 6
Game 3 – West Virginia Wesleyan 14, West Liberty 12 (13 innings)
(Photo courtesy of MEC)