ATHENS – It wasn't easy today, but the 13th-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team racked up two more victories against the Concord Mt. Lions in a Mountain East Conference doubleheader.
Behind another solid pitching effort from Hannah Vet, the Lady 'Cats won game one by a 2-1 score.
Game two was a wild affair that went eight innings, but Wesleyan pulled out a 10-7 triumph.
The two wins improved the Lady Bobcats of head coach Steve Warner to 19-3 overall and 7-1 in the MEC.
In game one, it remained scoreless until the sixth inning when Wesleyan scored a run in their half of the sixth.
Sara Scoone singled home Gore with a hit to left field.
Wesleyan made it a 2-0 game in the top of the seventh.
With one out, Tori Pogue (pictured) laid down a one-out bunt and then stole second base. She scored on a double to center field by Gore.
Concord started the bottom of the seventh with a single and followed that up with a double to put runners at second and third.
Taylor Barnett threw home on a fielder's choice to get the first out of the inning.
With runners now at first and third, a double steal gave Concord their first run but Wesleyan recorded the out at second base on the stolen base attempt.
Vet forced Alycea Watson into a ground to Barnett for the final out of the game.
Wesleyan had eight hits in the contest with Gore, Scoone and Barnett each getting two apiece.
Vet improved her record to 9-0 as she pitched all seven innings. She allowed one earned run on five hits while striking out three.
In game two, Bruce hit a two-run double in the top of the first to stake Wesleyan to a 2-0 advantage.
Wesleyan chased across five runs in the top of the second with Brittani Bible getting the big hit with a two-run home run. Bruce added a two-run double in the inning.
Concord scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the second to make it a 7-3 contest.
Concord tied the game in the bottom of the third scoring four runs, of which just one was earned.
The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning.
Relief pitcher Sayaka Foley retired the Concord batters in order in the bottom of the eighth.
The Lady 'Cats outhit Concord by a 15-5 margin.
Bruce and Bible led the offense with three hits apiece.
Foley earned the win tossing six innings of relief allowing one earned run on two hits while striking out six.
She upped her record to 6-2.
Wesleyan will return to action this Wednesday when they host Glenville State in a league doubleheader.
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Concord SID Office)