Baseball ‘Cats take two from Urbana in Mountain East Conference action


URBANA (Ohio) – The Mountain East Conference baseball tournament is still five weeks away, but the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats needed a doubleheader sweep over the last place Urbana Blue Knights if they wanted to keep pace with the competition in the MEC South Division.

And the Bobcats did just that as they held off a late rally by Urbana in game one for a 9-7 victory and went on to take game two by a 5-2 score.

The pair of wins puts Randy Tenney’s squad back at .500 in the MEC with a 5-5 record and a 12-15 mark overall.

The MEC takes the top three in each division as the ‘Cats still reside in fifth, but they closed the gap as they are now just two games out of third place in the South.

The two losses dropped Urbana to a MEC worst 2-10 conference record and a 5-18 overall record.

The two games were originally scheduled for this past Saturday but were postponed to Monday because of inclement weather.

In game one, the contest was scoreless until the top of the third when Tanner McCallister singled down the line scoring Travis Renner.

The ‘Cats upped their lead to 4-0 in the top of the fourth when the ‘Cats decided to play small ball.

Dominic Castello scored Eric Forbrick on a sacrifice bunt and Wesleyan kept the bunts coming as Ben Fulks laid down a sac bunt that scored Antonio Vega and Renner put down a sacrifice bunt that scored Castello.

Urbana got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fourth and deadlocked the game in the bottom of the fifth with two more runs at 4-4

Wesleyan recaptured the lead in the top of the sixth with a run when Renner doubled home Vega to make it 5-4.

The Bobcats gave themselves some breathing room with a four-run seventh inning.

Forbrick singled to left field scoring Jonathan Cintron and Greg Smith and Vega followed that with a triple that scored Forbrick and he raced home on a throwing error on the play.

That gave Wesleyan a 9-4 lead and they would need those runs as Urbana chased across three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

The Blue Knights left runners on the corners as Bobcat reliever Dominic Castello struck our Griffin Stevens for the final out.

Wesleyan outhit Urbana by a 10-9 margin.

Vega led the Bobcat offense with three hits and three runs scored.

Michael Maiolo improved his record to 4-1 as he went 5 2/3 innings giving up three earned runs on seven hits while walking two and fanning six.

Castello earned his second save of the season tossing 1 1/3 innings surrendering two earned runs on two hits.

In game two, Wesleyan built an early 2-0 lead.

Ryan Kiser hit a ground RBI in the top of the second and Smith doubled down the left field line that scored McCallister.

Urbana tied it with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Wesleyan slowly added to their lead as Josh Petit singled home Smith in the top of the fifth and Bryson Fluke singled home Kiser in the top of the sixth to increase the Bobcat lead to 4-2.

Wesleyan tacked on one more insurance run in the top of the seventh when Forbrick doubled home Smith.

Wesleyan had 11 hits in the win with Smith getting three and Petit and Kiser each had two.

Griffin Roe improved to 2-4 tossing a complete game.

He gave up just two earned runs on six hits while striking out 10.

The Bobcats were slated to play a make-up doubleheader with Notre Dame College on Tuesday that was originally scheduled for this past Sunday.

They will return to action Saturday when they host the University of Charleston for a conference twin bill starting at 1 p.m.

Charleston will stay in town Sunday for another doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Wesleyan                    001 301 4 – 9

Urbana                        000 220 3 – 7

E – Vega, Renner, Stevens, Tharp. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 4, Urbana 9. 2B – Cintron, Vega, Renner, Carney. 3B – Vega. Sac. – Castello 2, Fulks, Renner, Kiser, SF – Guerrero.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 1 1 0; Jonathan Cintron cf-rf, 4 1 1 0; Eric Forbrick rf-c, 3 2 1 2; Antonio Vega 3b, 4 3 3 1; Dominic Castello c-p, 2 1 1 0; Ben Fulks dh, 2 0 0 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 1 0 0 0; Travis Renner lf, 2 1 1 2; Ryan Kiser 1b, 2 0 1 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 1 1; Michael Maiolo p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 9 10 7.

Urbana – Griffin Stevens ss, 4 0 1 0; Taylor Lane rf, 4 1 1 0; Chase Carney cf, 4 3 3 0; Robbie Guerrero dh, 2 0 0 1; Deion Tubbs pr, 0 1 0 0; Tyler Dellerman c, 2 1 0 0; Mickey Losey lf, 3 1 1 1; Dino Tharp 3b, 3 0 1 0; Brett Bell ph, 1 0 0 0; Justin Donovan 1b, 4 0 2 2; Briley Harlan 2b, 4 0 0 0; Logan Fisher p, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Townsend p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 31 7 9 5.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Maiolo (W, 4-1): 5 2/3 innings, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, D2 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches, 1 hit batsman (Dellerman); Castello (S, 2): 1 1/3 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

Urbana – Fisher (L, 0-4): 6 1/3 innings, 8 hits, 8 runs, 7 earned runs, 3 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Townsend: 2/3 of an inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

(Game 2)

Wesleyan                     011 011 1 – 5

Urbana                      002 000 0 – 2

E – Petit. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 6, Urbana 5. 2B – Smith, Forbrick Petit, Renner. 3B – Losey. Sac. – Cintron, Castello. SB – Fluke, McCallister.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 2 3 1; Jonathan Cintron rf, 3 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick 4 0 1 1; Josh Petit 3b, 3 1 2 1; Dominic Castello dh, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 1 2 1; Travis Renner lf, 3 0 1 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 3 0 1 1; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 1 1 0; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 5 11 5.

Urbana – Griffin Stevens ss, 3 1 0 0; Taylor Lane rf, 3 0 0 0; Chase Carney cf, 3 1 3 1; Robbie Guerrero dh-p, 3 0 1 1; Tyler Dellerman 1b, 3 0 0 0; Mickey Losey lf, 3 0 2 0; Justin Donovan c, 2 0 0 0; Daniel Donovan c, 2 0 0 0; Daniel Quiroz 3b, 2 0 0 0; Brett Bell ph, 1 0 0 0; Briley Harlan 2b, 3 0 0 0; Hunter Cohee p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 6 2.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Roe (W, 2-4): 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 10 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

Urbana – Cohee (L, 0-2): 4 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts; Guerrero: 2 1/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.


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