Softball Lady 'Cats Start Season 2-0

Softball Lady 'Cats Start Season 2-0

CLERMONT, Fla. – The 15th-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team started their season off on the right foot as they picked up a pair of victories in their 2017 debut Saturday afternoon.

In their first game of the season, they defeated Cedarville by a 3-2 score and then came back a few hours later and outlasted Walsh in eight innings by that same 3-2 score.

In game one, Wesleyan struck first when Sara Scoone hit a sacrifice fly down the left field line that scored Marilyn Maas in the top of the fourth.

Cedarville tied the contest with a run in their half of the fourth, but Wesleyan retook the lead in the top of the fifth when Brooklyn Waddell singled home Taylor Barnett.

Scoone increased the Wesleyan lead to 3-1 in the top of sixth inning when she doubled to center field to bring home Olivia Gore.

A pair of Wesleyan errors opened the door for Cedarville to score an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh, but Lady Bobcat starter Hannah Vet closed the door on Cedarville as she left runners stranded at first and second.

Wesleyan had eight hits in the contest with Tori Pogue and Bruce each getting two apiece.

Vet went the entire game as she allowed just one earned run on eight hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out seven.

In their second game on Saturday, Walsh had a 2-0 lead after five innings of action.

Wesleyan tallied their first run in the bottom of the sixth inning when Brittani Bible singled home Gore.

They tied it in the bottom of the seventh when Pogue singled home Aylin Gutiernez.

Wesleyan though left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh.

Makayla McElwayne scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when she raced home on a suicide squeeze bunt by Barnett.

Wesleyan outhit Walsh by a 9-7 margin.

Gore and Bruce each had two hits in the win.

Alyssa Shawgo went the distance for the Lady 'Cats. She gave up one earned run on seven hits. She walked on batter and fanned five in the victory.

Wesleyan will return to action today when they play Holy Family at 3:30 p.m. and then Wayne State (Neb.) at 8:30 p.m.