Softball Lady 'Cats Take Two From West Virginia State

Softball Lady 'Cats Take Two From West Virginia State

BUCKHANNON – It was a Jekyll and Hyde performance for the 14th-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team today in their Mountain East Conference doubleheader with the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets at Culpepper Field.

In game one, the Lady 'Cats mustered just five hits and escaped with a 3-2 victory.

Game two was totally different as the offense crancked out 14 hits in a 12-2 romp that only went five innings after the mercy rule went into effect.

The pair of wins hiked the Lady Bobcat winning streak to four games and left head coach Steve Warner's team with a 25-5 record overall and a 13-3 league mark.

In the first outing, West Virginia State took a 2-0 advantage after capitalizing on a Wesleyan error and a two-run single by Brittany Allison.

Wesleyan tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Brooklyn Waddell singled to left field to begin the inning and Brittani Bible was hit by a pitch and Tori Pogue beat out an infield bunt for a single to load the bases.

Olivia Gore and Sara Scoone both received bases loaded walks as they made it a 2-2 game.

Wesleyan scored the game-winner in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Krista Waggoner singled to right field and Makayla McElwayne came into pinch run for Waggoner.

McElwayne went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Bible and then raced home on a throwing error following a single by Pogue to the shortstop.

Pogue had two of the five hits for Wesleyan.

Hannah Vet improved her record to 13-1 as she pitched a complete game.

She gave up just one earned run on five hits while striking out two.

In game two, West Virginia State took a 2-0 lead in the first inning just like they did in game one.

Morgan Bruce singled home Pogue in the bottom of the first for Wesleyan to make it a 2-1 game.

Wesleyan erupted for five runs in the bottom of the second sending 10 batters to the plate.

With the bases loaded, Gore received a walk, Scoone was hit by a pitch and Bruce drew another walk for the first three runs on the inning.

Jessica Rodriguez smacked a two-run single to left field as Wesleyan took a 6-2 lead.

Gore and Scoone each had a one-run single in the bottom of the third as the Lady Bobcats upped their advantage to 8-2.

Wesleyan pushed across four runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Taylor Barnett had a two-run single and Gore had a two-run single to account for the scoring.

Pogue, Gore, Rodriguez, Waggoner and Barnett each had two hits in the win.

Sayaka Foley improved her record to 8-3 as she tossed all five innings.

She gave up two earned runs on four hits while fanning seven.

The two losses dropped West Virginia State to 20-20 overall and 6-12 in the MEC.

Wesleyan will return to action tomorrow in a huge MEC showdown with the University of Charleston at Culpepper Field.

Both teams are currently tied for the lead in the MEC Southern Division with 13-3 marks.

First pitch is set for 3 p.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)