Baseball Bobcats suffer through five-game losing skid last week


BUCKHANNON – There is never a good time for a losing streak, but with the Mountain East Conference tournament just three weeks away, the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats are in danger of missing it after a six-game winless streak last week has put them into fifth place in the South Division.

The ‘Cats lost a MEC home doubleheader to Charleston last Sunday by 5-2 and 7-3 scores and followed that up with a 9-2 non-conference road loss to Salem last Wednesday.

Then on Saturday, they returned to conference action on the road against Concord and lost a 6-2 decision in game one and an 18-7 setback in game two.

The losing streak reached seven games overall heading into Sunday’s doubleheader with Concord.

Prior to Sunday’s games, the ‘Cats owned a 14-22 record and a 7-11 MEC mark.

In last Sunday’s game with Charleston, the Golden Eagles took a 3-0 lead with three runs in the top of the third inning.

Wesleyan made it a 3-1 game when Ryan Kiser scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the fourth.

Charleston scored a run in the top of the fifth and the top of the seventh for a 5-1 lead.

Kiser doubled home Antonio Vega in the bottom of the seventh but couldn’t get any closer.

Wesleyan collected just five hits in the loss with Eric Forbrick and Kiser each getting two.

Hunter Rotarius (1-3) suffered the loss as he went six innings.

He gave up four earned runs on 11 hits while striking out five.

In game two with Charleston, the Golden Eagles scored a run in the top of the first.

Wesleyan deadlocked the game in the bottom of the second when Todd Burner singled home Jonathan Cintron.

Charleston chased across three runs in the top of the fourth for a 4-1 advantage.

Travis Renner hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth and Kiser hit a one-run single to bring Wesleyan to within one, at 4-3.

Colby Johnson put the game away for Charleston with a three-run blast in the top of the seventh.

The ‘Cats had 10 hits in the loss with Greg Smith and Nick Grotti each getting two.

Dominic Castello (3-2) went all seven innings and allowed just two earned runs on 11 hits while fanning five.

In the Salem contest, the Tigers scored a run in the bottom of the first but Renner singled home Vega in the top of the second to make it a 1-1 contest.

Salem retook the lead in the bottom of the second with a run but Wesleyan deadlocked it again in the top of the fifth on a Tanner McCallister RBI double.

It was all Salem after that as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth, three more in the bottom of the sixth and one in the seventh for the 9-2 win.

Wesleyan had nine hits with Forbrick, Vega and Jonathan Cintron each getting two.

David McLeod (0-1) pitched one inning of relief and suffered the loss. He gave up three earned runs on one hit.

In Saturday’s action with Concord in game one, Wesleyan built a 2-0 lead after Vega had a one-run double in the top of the first and Forbrick hit a one-run single in the top of the third.

Concord took over after that as they tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third and a four-run bottom of the sixth inning for the 6-2 win.

Wesleyan outhit Concord by a 7-6 margin.

Alex Skinner led the offense with two hits.

Rotarius (1-4) absorbed the loss in a complete-game effort.

He went six innings and gave up just one earned run on six hits while striking out six.

In Saturday’s night cap, Concord took a 3-0 lead after two innings of play.

Smith hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the third to make it a 3-1 game but Concord chased across two runs in the bottom of the third for a 5-1 lead.

Kiser hit a one-run double to close the gap to 5-2 in the top of the fourth.

Concord erupted for five runs for a 10-2 advantage in the bottom of the fourth but Skinner hit a solo blast in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 10-3 contest.

Concord had a seven-run fifth inning to take a 17-3 advantage.

The ‘Cats made the final score more respectable with five runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Burner had the big hit, a two-run single and Skinner added a one-run single.

Skinner and Vega each had two hits for Wesleyan.

Griffin Roe (2-6) suffered the setback tossing four innings.

He gave up nine earned runs on 12 hits while striking out two.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Charleston                        030 010 1 – 5

West Virginia Wesleyan 000 100 1 – 2

E – Elliott, Grotti, Wolf. DP – None. LoB – Charleston 8, West Virginia Wesleyan 8. 2B – Morello, Arrington, Elliott, Forbrick, Kiser. Sac. – Arrington. SF – Arrington. SB – Bailey.

Hitting

Charleston – Jordan Bailey ss, 3 0 2 1; Austin Hathaway dh, 3 0 0 0; Colby Johnson cf, 3 0 1 0; Gianfranco Morello 2b, 4 3 2 0; Jack Brunetti 1b, 4 1 3 1; Brice Arrington rf, 2 0 1 2; Hayden Cartt lf, 4 1 1 0; Drew Hefner c, 3 0 1 1; Jesse Elliott 3b, 3 0 1 0; Jacob Kaiser p, 0 0 0 0; Jordan Peck p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 5 12 5.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 3 0 2 0; Antonio Vega dh, 4 1 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 4 1 2 1; Dominic Castello c, 4 0 0 0; Travis Renner cf, 1 0 1 0; Nick Grotti 3b, 3 0 0 0; Kolby Wolf lf, 1 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 0 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0; David McLeod p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 5 1.

Pitching

Charleston – Kaiser (W, 4-1): 4 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch, 2 hit batsmen (Renner, Wolf); Peck: 3 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 1 strikeout.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Rotarius (L, 1-3): 6 innings, 11 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Bailey): McLeod: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Johnson).

(Game 2)

Charleston                        100 300 3 – 7

West Virginia Wesleyan 010 002 0 – 3

E – Bailey, Cintron, Kiser. DP – None. LOB – Charleston 4, West Virginia Wesleyan 7. 2B – Elliott, Grotti. HR – Johnson, Renner. Sac. – Arrington, Skinner 2. SB – Hathaway, Morello, Boddorf.

Hitting

Charleston – Jordan Bailey ss, 3 1 0 0; Austin Hathaway lf, 4 1 1 0; Colby Johnson cf, 4 1 2 4; Gianfranco Morello 4 0 1 0; Jack Burnetti p, 4 0 1 0; Brice Arrington rf, 2 1 2 0; Nick Wilson c, 3 1 1 1; Jesse Elliott 3b, 3 1 1 0; Braxton Boddorf 2b, 3 1 2 2. Totals 30 7 11 7.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 0 2 0; Alex Skinner cf, 2 0 1 0; Eric Forbrick c, 4 0 1 0; Antonio Vega dh, 4 0 0 0; Travis Renner rf, 3 1 1 1; Nick Grotti 3b, 3 1 2 0; Jonathan Cintron lf, 3 1 1 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 0 1 1; Todd Burner ss, 3 0 1 1; Dominic Castello p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 3 10 3.

Pitching

Charleston – Brunetti (W, 5-1): 7 innings, 10 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Castello (L): 7 innings, 11 hits, 7 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Bailey).

Wesleyan                     010 010 000 – 2

Salem                         110 033 10x – 9

E – Cintron, McCallister, Boyce. DP – Salem 2. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 7, Salem 12. 2B – McCallister, Robinson 2, Whetzel 2, Jones.  SB – Hollis 2, Robinson, Dodero, D’Alessandro, Saurez, Jones.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smth 2b, 4 0 0 0; Alex Skinner cf, 3 0 0 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 1 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 4 0 2 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 2 1 2 0; Josh Petit, ph-3b, 2 0 0 0; Dominic Castello dh, 3 0 0 0; Travis Renner lf, 2 0 1 1; Nick Grotti ph-lf, 2 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 2 0 1 0; Sam Ross 1b, 2 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron c, 4 1 2 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 2 0 1 1; Todd Burner ss, 1 0 0 0; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Kania p, 0 0 0 0; David McLeod p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Riggleman p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0; Julio Medina p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 0 0 0 0.

Salem – Harrison Hollis rf, 4 1 1 0; Mike Belka rf 0 0 0 0; Tyler Ault ss, 3 1 0 0; Dalton Robinson c, 5 1 2 1; Rosario c, 0 0 0 0; Walker Dodero dh, 3 2 1 0; Isaiah Arroyo 2b, 4 0 1 0; Remmington Boyce 2b, 1 0 1 0; Austin Whetzel 1b, 2 3 2 1; Tyler D’Alessandro cf, 3 1 1 1; Noah Suarez 3b, 4 0 1 0; Thirus Jones lf, 4 0 1 3; Sam Chapman p, 0 0 0 0; Ben Mack p, 0 0 0 0; Christopher Hall p, 0 0 0 0; Jack McNellis p, 0 0 0 0; Brendan Case p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 9 11 6.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Bishop: 2 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Jones); Kania: 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Whetzel); McLeod: 1 inning, 1 hit, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Dodero); Riggleman: 1 inning, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Hakey: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Medina: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 hit batsmen (D’Alessandro, Whetzel).

Salem —Chapman (W, 8-0): 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 5 strikeouts; Mack: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Hall: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, McNellis: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts; Case: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

(Game 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan 101 000 0 – 2

Concord                             002 004 x – 6

E – Smith, Forbrick, Renner. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 9, Concord 3. 2B – Vega, Fralin. 3B – Linkous. Sac. – Skinner, Stehlin, Fralin. SB – Smith, Skinner, Castello.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 2 1 0; Alex Skinner cf, 3 0 2 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 4 0 1 1; Antonio Vega 3b, 3 0 1 1; Travis Renner lf, 4 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 2 0 0 0; Dominic Castello c, 2 0 1 0; Ben Fulks dh, 2 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 1 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 7 2.

Concord – Adam Linkous cf-p, 3 1 1 1; Brett Simmons 2b, 2 1 1 1; Anthony Stehlin ss, 2 0 1 0; Jakob Divers lf, 3 0 0 0; Evan Webb 1b, 3 1 1 1; Jordan Clark c, 3 0 1 1; Trevor Wimmer pr, 0 1 0 0; Chance Davis c, 0 0 0 0; Nathan Neff 3b, 3 2 0 0; Ryan Fralin rf-cf, 2 0 1 2; Josh Adkins dh, 3 0 0 0; Connor Boothe rf, 0 0 0 0; Will Guay p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 6 6 6.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Rotarius (L, 1-4); 6 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts.

Concord – Guay (W, 3-3): 6 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Linkous: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

(Game 2)

West Virginia Wesleyan 001 115 0 – 8

Concord                          122 570 x – 17

E – Renner, Cintron, Burner, Webb. DP – Concord 1. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 7, Concord 6. 2B – Forbrick, Kiser, Linkous, Simmons 2, Divers, Clark, Davis. HR – Skinner. SF – Smith, Vega. SB – Vega, Cintron, Neff, Fralin.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 2 0 0 1; Alex Skinner cf, 4 1 2 2; Eric Forbrick c, 4 0 1 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 3 1 2 1; Travis Renner lf, 3 1 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 1 1 1; Dominic Castello dh, 2 2 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 3 1 1 1; Todd Burner ss, 4 1 1 2; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 8 9 8.

Concord – Adam Linkous cf-p, 5 2 1 0; Brett Simmons 2b, 5 2 3 2; Anthony Stehlin ss, 3 2 1 0; Jakob Divers lf, 4 2 2 2; Connor Boothe ph-lf, 1 0 0 0; Evan Webb 1b, 4 2 0 1; Jordan Clark dh, 1 1 1 3; Josh Adkins rf, 0 0 0 0; Nathan Neff 3b, 3 2 1 2; Ryan Fralin rf-cf, 4 3 4 3; Chance Davis c, 3 1 2 3; Logan Morrison p, 0 0 0 0; Sidney Willis p, 0 0 0 0; Bailey McFatridge p, 0 0 0 0; Spencer Hoyt p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 17 15 16.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Roe (L, 2-6): 4 innings, 12 hits, 10 runs, 9 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Stehlin); Bishop: 1 inning, 3 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 hit batsman (Neff): Hakey: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.

Concord – Morrison (W, 5-2): 4 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 4 strikeouts; Willis: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts; McFatridge: pitched to four batters, 1 hit, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts; Hoyt: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Linkous: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.


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