Baseball ’Cats split pair, drop twin bill


BUCKHANNON – It was a tough two days for West Virginia Wesleyan’s Bobcats here Friday and Saturday.

They split a Mountain East Conference doubleheader with the Urbana (Ohio) Blue Angels Friday, romping to a 9-0 triumph in the opener, but dropping the second, 3-2.

They suffered a double defeat Saturday to the Notre Dame (Ohio) Falcons, falling by a 2-1 count in game one and losing the finale, 17-0.

The action left the ‘Cats with a record of 6-18 heading into Tuesday’s non-conference clash with Ohio Valley’s Fighting Scots. They will go on the road for a four-game series with Charleston’s Golden Eagles Saturday and Sunday.

Jake Bishop twirled a three-hit gem in the win over Urbana, walking two and striking out five to record his first win.

The ‘Cats backed him up with a nine-hit attack, with Josh Jano and Kyle Kania leading the way with two safeties and two runs-batted-in apiece.  Greg Smith and Nick Grotti belted doubles for their only extra-base raps.

Julio Medina, Sean Cliff and Ryan Reicoff allowed Urbana just two hits in the second-game loss.

The ‘Cats got their two runs in the sixth frame when Eric Forbrick drew a lead-off walk and Jano followed with a home run.

Wesleyan managed only two hits in the opening clash with Notre Dame ­— a double by Kolby Wolf and Grotti’s single.

Hunter Rotarius took the loss, giving up six hits, walking one and fanning four in six innings. Cliff threw the seventh, walking one and whiffing one.

The second contest was one the ‘Cats would probably rather forget.

They managed six singles, two by Forbrick, and one each by Grotti, Sammy Ross, Jano and Tanner McCallister.

Riley Metz started on the mound and was charged with the loss, with Reicoff, Jake Hakey, Kyle Riggleman and Dominic Castello working in relief.

The boxscores:

Game 1

Urbana       000 000 0    0

Wesleyan   032 040 x    9

E – Quiroz. LoB – Urbana 4, Wesleyan 7. 2B – Tanner, Smith, Grotti. Sac. – Smith, Skinner. SB – Burkholder, Forbrick.

Hitting

Urbana – Brad Burkholder cf, 2 0 0 0; Mickey Barea 2b, 3 0 0 0; Mickey Losey rf, 3 0 0 0; Austin Pratt 1b, 3 0 2 0; Connor Coy 3b, 3 0 0 0; Zeth Tanner c, 3 0 1 0; Robbie Guerrero dh, 2 0 0 0; Tanner Davis lf, 2 0 0 0; Daniel Quiroz ss, 1 0 0 0; Vitor Takakura p, 0 0 0 0; Will Keller p, 0 0 0 0; Brandon McRae p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 22 0 3 0.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 2 1 1 2; Dominic Castello c, 3 0 1 3; Eric Forbrick rf, 3 0 1 0; Josh Jano dh, 3 1 2 2; Nick Grotti 3b, 4 1 1 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 3 1 2 2; Alex Skinner cf, 3 1 0 0; Bryson Fluke lf, 3 2 1 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 1 2 0 0; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 9 9 9.

Pitching

Urbana – Takakura (L, 0-6): 4 1/3 innings, 8 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, 4 walks, 1 strikeout; Keller: pitched to 3 batters, 0 hits 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 hit batters; McRae: 1 2/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batter.

Wesleyan – Bishop (W, 1-3): 7 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batter.

Game 2

Urbana       003 000 0    3

Wesleyan   000 002 0    2

E – Grotti. LoB – Urbana 5, Wesleyan 8. 2B – Pratt. HR – Jano. Sac. – Fluke. SB – Davis, Cintron.

Hitting

Urbana – Brad Burkholder cf, 3 1 1 1; Mickey Barea 2b, 3 1 0 0; Mickey Losey rf, 2 0 0 0; Austin Pratt 1b, 3 0 1 2; Connor Coy 3b, 3 0 0 0; Zeth Tanner c 3 0 0 0; Robbie Guerrero dh-p, 3 0 0 0; Tanner Davis lf, 1 1 0 0; Daniel Quiroz ss, 3 0 0 0; Steven Beall p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 3 2 3.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 2 0 1 0; Eric Forbrick c, 3 1 0 0; Josh Jano dh, 3 1 1 2; Nick Grotti 3b, 3 0 1 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 3 0 0 0; Alex Skinner cf 2 0 0 0; Bryson Fluke lf, 1 0 0 0; Kolby Wolf dh, 1 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 1 0 0 0; Josh Petit ph, 1 0 1 0; Julio Medina p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Reicoff p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 2 4 2.

Pitching

Urbana – Beall (W, 1-0): 6 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts, 1 hit batter; Guerrero: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batter.

Wesleyan – Medina (L, 1-3): 3 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Cliff: 1 2/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Reicoff: 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts.

Game 1

Notre Dame  001 100 0    2

Wesleyan      010 000 0    1

E – May, McCallister, Rotarius. LoB – Notre Dame 7, Wesleyan 7. 2B –Carpenter, Wolf. HR – Purdy. SB – Thompson, McCallister.

Hitting

Notre Dame – Lukas Thompson rf, 3 0 0 0; Adam Purdy cf, 4 1 1 1; Drake May ss, 4 0 1 0; Nick Farrell 1b, 2 0 1 0; Jacob Carpenter dh, 3 0 1 0; Robert Williams lf, 3 1 1 0; Austin Barnhart 2b, 3 0 0 0; Leo Wells c, 3 0 1 0; Joseph Paskell 3b, 3 0 0 0; Josh Armbruster p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 2 6 2.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron rf-cf, 2 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick c, 3 0 0 0; Dominic Castello dh-3b, 3 0 0 0; Nick Gotti 3b-lf, 3 1 1 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 1 0 0 0; Kolby Wolf lf-rf, 3 0 1 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 1 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 1 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 1 0 0 0 Josh Petit ph, 1 0 0 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 1 0 0 0. Totals 23 1 2 1.

Pitching

Notre Dame – Armbruster (W, 1-4): 7 innings, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run 5 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 hit batter.

Wesleyan – Rotarius (L, 0-1): 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts; Cliff: 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 balk.

Game 2

Notre Dame  231 (11)00 0  — 17

Wesleyan      000  000 0        0

E – Smith, Grotti, Petit, Castello, McCallister. LoB – Notre Dame 7, Wesleyan 2. 2B – Farrell 2, Naja. HR – Kozmynka. SF – Phillips. SB – Thompson 2, Purdy, May, Cintron.

Hitting

Notre Dame – Lukas Thompson rf, 4 2 0 2; Bret Davis dh, 1 0 0 0; Adam Purdy cf, 4 3 1 0; Drake May 3b, 4 2 2 2; Nick Farrell 1b, 4 2 3 3; Robert Williams 1b, 1 0 1 0; Jacob Carpenter dh, 2 2 1 1; Josh Armbruster dh, 1 0 0 0; Ryan Kozmynka c, 4 2 2 2; Austin Barnhart 2b, 4 1 3 2; Patrick Aitken ph-2b, 1 0 0 0; Ricky Phillips lf, 3 2 1 1; Garcia Naja ss, 4 1 2 1; Kenny Pierson p, 0 0 0 0; Kevin Guzik p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 37 17 16 14.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b. 3 0 0 0; Jonathan  Cintron cf, 2 0 0 0; Wyatt Adkins dh, 2 0 0 0; Nck Grotti 3b, 3 0 1 0; Josh Petit 1b, 2 0 0 0; Sammy Ross 1b, 1 0 1 0; Dominic Castello c-p, 3 0 0 0; Ben Fulks c, 1 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 2 0 2 0; Josh Jano lf, 2 0 1 0; Tanner McCallister s s , 2 0 1 0; Riley Metz p, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Reicoff p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Riggleman p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 23 0 6 0.

Pitching

Notre Dame – Pierson (W, 2-0): 6 innings, 5 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts; Guzik: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Wesleyan – Metz (L, 0-3): 2 innings, 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Reicoff: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Hakey: 1 inning, 7 hits, 11 runs, 11 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batters; Riggleman: 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Castello: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

                                               


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