Softball Lady 'Cats Blank Shepherd in Twin Bill, 4-0 and 8-0

Softball Lady 'Cats Blank Shepherd in Twin Bill, 4-0 and 8-0

BUCKHANNON – The No. 15-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan softball team had wait two extra days for their home opener based on Mother Nature's rain storms over the weekend.

It was worth the wait as the Lady Bobcats dominated a very good Shepherd team with a pair of shutout victories in Mountain East Conference action at Culpepper Field.

Wesleyan took game one by a 4-0 score, and behind a grand slam from Morgan Bruce in the second game, the Lady 'Cats won an 8-0 decision in five innings of work.

Both Wesleyan starters, Hannah Vet and Sayaka Foley were sharp today in the circle for head coach Steve Warner.

In game one, Vet twirled a one-hit shutout, didn't walk a batter and fanned six as she upped her record to 6-0.

Foley threw a one-hitter as well, walking one and fanning five and she improved her ledger to 4-1.

In game one, Wesleyan managed just three hits but made them count.

They took an early lead 1-0 when Tori Pogue started the bottom of the first with a double, went to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a ground out by Olivia Gore.

Wesleyan increased their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third.

Taylor Barnett started the inning reaching first on a catcher's interference call and moved to second on a fielder's choice by Pogue.

Brooklyn Waddell loaded the bases with a single to left field and Gore sent a fly ball to right field for a sacrifice fly that scored Barnett.

Waddell stole second and Pogue came home on a throwing error on the play which gave Wesleyan their three-run lead.

Shepherd's lone hit came in the top of the fourth when Connor Gilligan hit a two-out single.

Wesleyan closed out the scoring in the bottom of the sixth inning when Gore started the frame with a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sara Scoone.

Scoone, Waddell and Pogue each had a hit for Wesleyan.

In game two, Wesleyan took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Faith Tichnell raced all the from first base to score after a double by Aylin Gutiernez.

Waddell singled and later scored on a double to center field by Bruce to increase the Wesleyan lead to 2-0 in the bottom of the third inning.

Wesleyan pushed across six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

The big hit belonged to Bruce who hit a grand slam over the center field fence.

Gutiernez had a one-run triple and Barnett had a one-run single in the inning as well.

Wesleyan pounded out 10 hits in just four innings at the plate.

Gutiernez and Bruce each had two hits in the win.

The sweep improved Wesleyan to 14-2 overall and 2-0 in the MEC.

Shepherd dropped to 10-7 overall and 1-3 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to the playing field tomorrow as they host Fairmont State in a conference doubleheader.

First pitch, weather permitting, will be at 3 p.m.