Lady 'Cats Down UC Twice; Wins MEC Tournament Title

Lady 'Cats Down UC Twice; Wins MEC Tournament Title

TROUTVILLE (Va.) – It was no secret that the University of Charleston had been a huge thorn in the side of the West Virginia Wesleyan softball team this season.

Wesleyan was winless in five attempts against Charleston and had scored just one run in 35 innings of action.

But the Lady Bobcats saved their best for last against Charleston today in the Mountain East Conference finals.

Coming out of the loser's bracket, the Lady Bobcats had to beat Charleston twice for the MEC post-season tournament championship.

They did just that as they won game one by a 4-0 score and then took the 'if' game by a 5-3 score for the 2016 MEC Tournament championship.

In game one, Hannah Vet pitched a complete-game shutout as she allowed just five hits and struck out three as she improved her record to 21-3.

Anna Eggleston set the tone for the entire afternoon as she hit a solo home run in the top of the first off of Charleston ace Alli Burdette.

Wesleyan put the game away in the top of the sixth inning with three runs.

Olivia Gore hit a two-run double to left field and then later scored on a wild pitch.

Wesleyan collected eight hits with Eggleston, Rebekah Honce and Ashley Hurey each getting two apiece.

Burdette, the MEC Pitcher of the Year, suffered the loss as her record dropped to 27-3. She went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits.

In game two, it remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Wesleyan erupted for four runs.

Charleston committed three errors in the stanza to assist Wesleyan's big inning.

Waddell scored the first run when she scored on a throwing error on Rebekah Honce's fielder's choice.

Gore hit a two-run single that scored pinch runner Emma Rickles and Eggleston and Honce scored on a throwing error on the play to give Wesleyan a 4-0 lead.

Wesleyan upped their lead to 5-0 in the top of the seventh when Taylor Barnett scored on a sacrifice fly hit by Waddell.

Charleston avoided the shutout with a three-run seventh inning.

With the score 5-3, Charleston had a runner on second base with the tying run at the plate with two outs.

Vet, who started the game and then came back to the circle to pitch the seventh, forced Rachelle Toppings into a line out to Krista Waggoner at first base to end the game.

Vet, in her two appearances in the game, went 6 2/3 innings and gave up one earned run on nine hits while striking out two.

Wesleyan had six hits in the victory with Gore getting two of them.

Jessie Rowe (18-5) suffered the loss for Charleston as she went 5 1/3 innings and gave up four unearned runs on four hits.

For her efforts, Vet was named the MVP of the tournament.

Three other Lady Bobcat players joined her on the All-Tournament Team – Tori Pogue, Gore and Eggleston.

The two wins gave head coach Steve Warner and his team a 50-8 record.

They will now await the NCAA regional pairings to be announced to find out when and where they play next.

The regional tournament will start this Thursday.

MEC All-Tournament Team
Abby Beatty (Concord)
Paige Buckworth (Shepherd)
Mallory Chapman (Wheeling Jesuit)
Taylor Brandts (UVa-Wise)
Alexa Hernandez (UVa-Wise)
Laura Ashlock (UC)
Alli Burdette (UC)
Rachelle Toppings (UC)
Anna Eggleston (WVWC)
Olivia Gore (WVWC)
Tori Pogue (WVWC)
MVP -- Hannah Vet (WVWC)