Baseball Bobcats end season with win over Glenville State in league twin bill

Eric Forbrick (1) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats gets out of the way of a inside pitch during the first game of their Mountain East Conference doubleheader with Glenville State Sunday afternoon at Hank Ellis Field. The ‘Cats split the doubleheader, losing game one by a 4-2 score but winning the second outing, 3-1.

BUCKHANNON – It was a tough second half of the season for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats but they ended their season in style with a victory over Glenville State in the second game of a Mountain East Conference doubleheader at Hank Ellis Field.

On ‘Senior Day,’ senior Hunter Rotarius pitched the ‘Cats to a 3-1 victory going the distance and allowing just one run on three hits while fanning nine.

The Bobcats lost the opening game by a 4-2 margin.

Wesleyan ended their year with an 18-32 record overall and an 11-21 mark in the MEC.

In game two, Alex Skinner opened the scoring for Wesleyan in the bottom of the third when he hit into a ground out that scored Greg Smith.

Wesleyan pushed their lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Travis Renner hit a one-run single that scored Dominic Castello and Ben Fulks brought home Renner with a single to left field.

Glenville State’s lone run came in the top of the sixth inning when Carter Boswell scored on a passed ball.

Rotarius mowed down the Pioneers in the top of the seventh with two strikeouts to preserve the win.

Wesleyan outhit Glenville State by a 6-3 margin.

Smith, Todd Burner, Castello, Renner, Kolby Wolfe and Ben Fulks each had a hit for Wesleyan.

Rotarius improved his record to 2-6.

In the first outing, Glenville State scored an unearned run in the top of the third for a 1-0 lead.

Wesleyan tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Kiser singled home Nick Grotti.

Glenville State’s Ryan Colaw hit a two-run double and Andrue Hughhart hit a one-run single in the top of the sixth inning to treat the Pioneers to a 4-1 lead.

Wesleyan attempted a rally in the bottom of the seventh when Dominic Castello started the inning with a single and Kiser followed with a double moving Castello to third.

With one out, Burner hit a grounder to second scoring Castello but the Bobcats couldn’t push any more runs across home plate.

Wesleyan had six hits with Kiser leading the way with two.

Michael Maiolo (4-4) suffered the loss going the distance and allowing three earned runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

Wesleyan honored their 10 seniors on the final day of competition.

They seniors included Jonathan Cintron, Greg Smith, Travis Renner, Jake Bishop, Dominic Castello, Hunter Rotarius, Alex Skinner, Antonio Vega, Ben Fulks and Ryan Kiser.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Glenville State                001 003 0 – 4

West Virginia Wesleyan  000 010 1 – 2

E – Forbrick, Vega, Burner. DP – None. LoB – Glenville State 5, West Virginia Wesleyan 5. 2B – Smith, Colaw, Forbrick, Kiser. Sac. – Castello.

Hitting

Glenville State – Colby Werry rf, 3 0 0 0; Carter Boswell cf, 3 1 0 0; Trevon Smith dh, 4 1 2 0; Tyler Phillips c, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Colaw 1b, 3 1 2 2; Andrue Hughart lf, 3 0 2 1; Michael Ferguson 3b, 3 0 0 0; Logan Henderson ss, 3 0 0 0; Zach Bacon 2b, 3 1 2 0; Jose Rodriguez p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 4 8 3.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 0 0 0; Alex Skinner cf, 3 0 1 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 2 0 1 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 3 0 0 0; Nick Grotti dh, 3 1 1 0; Dominic Castello c, 2 1 1 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 0 2 1; Travis Renner lf, 2 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 1 0 0 0; Ben Fulks ph, 1 0 0 0; Todd Burner ss, 1 0 0 1; Michael Maiolo p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 2 6 2.

Pitching

Glenville State – Rodriguez (W, 4-7): 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Maiolo (L, 4-4): 7 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

(Game 2)

Glenville State                  000 001 0 – 1

West Virginia Wesleyan 001 200 x – 3

E – None. DP – None. LoB – Glenville State 3, West Virginia Wesleyan 5. 2B – Burner. 3B – Boswell. SB – Renner 2, Smith.

Hitting

Glenville State – Zach Bacon 2b, 3 0 0 0; Carter Boswell cf, 2 1 1 0; Trevon Smith dh, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Colaw 1b, 3 0 0 0; Andrue Hughart 3b, 3 0 1 0; Shane Salbacchi c, 2 0 0 0; Chase Swain ph, 1 0 0 0; Logan Henderson ss, 3 0 1 0; Jacob Williams lf, 2 0 0 0; Brady Wilkinson rf, 2 0 0 0; Jesse Weathers p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 1 3 0.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 1 1 0; Tanner McCallister 2b, 0 0 0 0; Alex Skinner cf, 2 0 0 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 0 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick dh-rf, 2 0 0 0; Todd Burner ss, 3 0 1 0; Dominic Castello 3b, 3 1 1 0; Nick Grotti 3b, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 2 0 0 0; Sam Ross 1b, 1 0 0 0; Travis Renner lf, 1 1 1 1; Kolby Wolf lf, 1 0 1 0; Jake Bishop pr, 0 0 0 0; Leo White lf, 0 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron rf-c, 3 0 0 0; Ben Fulks c-dh, 2 0 1 1; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 4 6 3.

Pitching

Glenville State – Weathers (L, 1-7): 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Rotarius (W, 2-6): 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

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