Baseball ‘Cats take winning streak to four with doubleheader sweep of Notre Dame


BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team ran their winning streak to four games with a Mountain East Conference doubleheader sweep over the Notre Dame Falcons here Tuesday at Hank Ellis Field.

The game was originally scheduled to be played at Notre Dame over this past weekend, but weather forced its postponement.

While Wesleyan hosted the twin bill Notre Dame was the home team for both games.

In game one, Wesleyan got a strong pitching performance from Hunter Rotarius as he went 5 2/3 innings and scattered seven hits while walking two and striking out one.

It was the first win of the season for Rotarius.

Wesleyan staked Rotarius to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Dominic Castello doubled to left field scoring Eric Forbrick.

The Bobcats made it a 2-0 game in the top of the fourth when Travis Renner hit a sacrifice fly that scored Vega.

Notre Dame got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 2-1 game, but Wesleyan answered in the top of the sixth inning when Travis Renner scored on a passed ball to treat the ‘Cats to a 3-1 lead.

A Nick Farrell RBI single for Notre Dame closed the game to 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Wesleyan added an insurance run in the top of the seventh as Renner hit a sacrifice fly that sent home Forbrick.

Castello, who entered the game in relief for the Bobcats in the sixth inning, set the Falcons down in order in the bottom of the seventh to pick up a save and preserve the win.

Vega led Wesleyan’s seven-hit attack with three hits while Forbrick, Castello, Renner and Ryan Kiser each had one hit.

Castello tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the ‘Cats.

In game two, Wesleyan built a 2-0 after scoring a run in the top of the first and the top of the third.

Forbrick hit a sacrifice fly to account for the run in the top of the first and Renner hit a one-run single in the top of the third inning.

Notre Dame scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 advantage.

Jonathan Cintron hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth that scored Bryson Fluke to trim the deficit to 4-3.

Wesleyan tied the game at 4-4 in the top of the fifth when Josh Petit hit a sacrifice fly that scored Vega and Kiser later scored in the inning on a wild pitch to give the Bobcats a 5-4 lead.

They added another run in the top of the sixth inning when Cintron scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Vega.

Bobcat Kyle Kania set the Falcons down in order in the bottom of the seventh.

Kania improved his record to 3-0 tossing 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief allowing just one hit while striking out one.

Wesleyan pounded out nine hits with Cintron and Kiser leading the way with two each.

The pair of losses dropped Notre Dame to 10-17 overall and 4-8 in the MEC North Division.

Wesleyan moved into a fourth-place tie in the MEC South with a 14-15 record overall and a 7-5 conference mark.

The Bobcats will return to action this weekend with a pair of home doubleheaders with Charleston.

Saturday’s two games will start at 1 p.m. while Sunday’s twin bill will also start at 1 p.m.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan  100 101 1 – 4

Notre Dame                          000 101 0 – 2

E – Forbirck – DP – West Virginia Wesleyan 2. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 8. Notre Dame 5. 2B – Vega, Castello, Renner. Sac. – Fluke, Castello 2, Renner 2, Grotti. SB – Cintron.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron cf-rf, 2 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf-c, 3 2 1 0; Antonio Vega dh, 3 1 3 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 0 0 0 0; Dominic Castello c-p, 2 0 1 1; Travis Renner lf, 2 1 1 2; Nick Grotti 3b, 2 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 0 1 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 2 0 0 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 22 4 7 3.

Notre Dame – Lukas Thompson rf, 3 1 1 0; Corey Miley 2b, 3 0 1 0; Zach Santoro ss, 3 0 0 0; Rick Philips cf, 2 1 1 0; Jospeh Paskell dh, 3 0 1 0; Nick Farrell 1b, 3 0 1 1; Drake May 3b, 3 0 0 0; Matt Richards c, 3 0 2 0; Adam Purdy lf, 3 0 1 0; Ty Shoaff p, 0 0 0 0; Kevin Guzik p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 8 1.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Rotarius (W, 1-2): 5 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout; Castello (S, 3): 1 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

Notre Dame – Shoaff (L, 2-4): 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts; Guzik: 1 inning, 0 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Forbrick).

(Game 2)

West Virginia               101 121 0 – 6

Notre Dame                    004 000 0 – 4

E – Smith, Forbrick, Petit, Paskell. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 8, Notre Dame 6. 2B – Smith, Santoro. 3B – Cintron. Sac. – Smith, Renner. SF – Cintron, Forbrick, Petit. SB – McCallister, Thompson.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 2 1 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf-cf, 3 2 2 1; Eric Forbrick c, 3 0 1 1; Antonio Vega dh, 4 1 1 1; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 1 2 0; Travis Renner lf-rf, 3 0 1 1; Josh Petit 3b, 3 0 0 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 2 1 0 0; Nick Grotti lf, 1 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 2 0 1 0; Dominic Castello p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Nakia p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 6 9 5.

Notre Dame – Lukas Thompson rf, 4 1 1 0; Corey Miley 2b, 4 0 0 0; Zach Santoro ss, 3 1 1 2; Rick Phillips cf, 4 0 0 1; Joseph Paskell 3b, 3 0 2 1; Nick Farrell 1b, 2 0 1 0; Matt Richards dh, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Kosmynka c, 2 1 0 0; Adam Purdy lf, 3 1 1 0; Chris Murphy p, 0 0 0 0; Todd Marshall p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 4 6 4.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Castello: 2 2/3 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts; Kania (W, 3-0): 4 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Notre Dame – Murphy: 4 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Marshall (L, 2-2)” 3 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches.


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