BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan (2-25, 2-14 MEC) baseball team ended a 16-game losing streak to the University of Charleston Golden Eagles (22-8, 14-2 MEC) on Monday, April 11, marking the first victory over the Golden Eagles since 2017.
The Golden Eagles broke the scoring in the first with a single run on a dropped third strike that allowed the UC baserunner on third base to come home. Neither team would score until the fourth, when UC plated a run on a SAC fly to make it 2-0. Charleston added another run in the fifth to make it 3-0. After the UC starter held the Bobcats in check for most of the game, the Orange and Black would cut into the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Geovani Sostre doubled to deep left to score Jack Tilton. The ‘Cats would not manage anything else as the game ended in a 4-1 defeat.
AJ Ventry (0-5) put together a quality start on the mound throwing a complete game and holding the Golden Eagles to just three earned runs on six hits.
The Golden Eagles got on the board early in game two as they looked to complete the sweep of the series. UC plated four runs in the first inning to take the early advantage. The ‘Cats would respond with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Martin Radosevic would single past the shifted Golden Eagle infielders to score Sam Ingram, and Sostre would drive in the second run on a SAC fly to score Tilton.
WVWC starting pitcher Hunter Eplin (2-3) would settle in after a shaky first inning and keep the Golden Eagle bats off the board over the next two innings. This allowed the Bobcats to put up a crooked number in the bottom of the second and knock the Charleston starter out of the game. The scoring started with a Tilton two-RBI single to right with the bases loaded to score Dylan Poplin and Cole Shearer and tie the game at four apiece. The next batter, Radosevic, ripped a ground ball to the right side to score Ingram and take a 5-4 lead. Sostre and Leo White would both stroke RBI singles to give WVWC a 7-4 lead before the scoring was finished.
UC would add two more runs in the fourth inning to cut the Bobcat lead down to one. However, the ‘Cats would respond with some insurance in the bottom of the fifth as Julio Aguilar scored on a wild pitch to take an 8-6
lead. Ethan Boisvert and Broderick Rohrbaugh would shut the door on the Golden Eagles to take the game two victory.
The Bobcats have a short turnaround this week as they head to Concord on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 as they head to Athens, W.Va., for a four-game series against the Concord Mountain Lions.