Baseball ‘Cats team earns split with GSC


GLENVILLE – The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats split a baseball doubleheader with the Glenville State Pioneers on Friday in Mountain East Conference action at the Sue Morris Complex.

The ‘Cats dropped the first game by an 8-4 score but rebounded to win the nightcap, 5-2.

The split left Randy Tenney’s squad with a 17-31 record overall and a 10-20 MEC mark heading into their season finale with Glenville State yesterday.

Antonio Vega gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when he singled home Greg Smith.

Glenville State slowly built their lead as they scored in every inning.

Trevon Smith hit a two-run home run for Glenville State in the bottom of the first, Colby Werry hit a one-run single in the second, Rayn Colaw blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the third, Carter Boswell hit a one-run single in the fourth and Michael Ferguson hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to treat the Pioneers to a 6-1 lead.

Eric Forbrick smashed a home run over the center field fence to close the gap for Wesleyan to 6-2.

Glenville State chased across two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for an 8-2 lead.

Wesleyan pushed across two runs in the top of the seventh when Ryan Kiser scored on an error and Tanner McCallister raced home on a sacrifice fly by Forbrick.

Wesleyan mustered just five hits in the loss with Kiser leading the way with two.

Kyle Kania (4-1) suffered his first loss on the mound for Wesleyan.

He went five innings and gave up six earned runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Kiser gave the ‘Cats a 1-0 lead in the top of the second of game two with a home run and the Wesleyan extended their lead to 2-0 in the top of the third after a one-run double by Vega.

A two-run single by Boswell tied the game for the Pioneers at 2-2 in the bottom of the third.

Wesleyan took the lead back on a solo home run by Forbrick, his 12th of the season.

Todd Burner gave Wesleyan a 4-2 lead with a one-run double in the top of the sixth.

The Bobcats tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Forbrick hit a sacrifice fly scoring Smith.

Wesleyan out hit Glenville State by an 8-4 margin with Forbrick and Vega each collecting two hits apiece.

Griffin Roe improved his record to 7-3 pitching 5 2/3 innings.

He gave up two earned runs on three hits while striking out four.

Dominic Castello recorded the save tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                        100 001 2 – 4

Glenville State                                                                         211 112 x – 8

E – Kiser, Hughart Ferguson 2. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 6, Glenville State 7. 2B – Kiser, Werry, Smith, Phillips. HR – Forbrick, Smith, Colaw. SF – Forbrick, Ferguson. SB – Smith, Werry 2, Boswell, Smith, Hughart, Ferguson.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 1 1 1; Alex Skinner cf, 2 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 3 1 1 2; Antonio Vega 3b, 3 0 1 1; Nick Grotti dh, 3 0 0 0; Dominic Castello c, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 1 2 0; Travis Renner lf, 3 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 1 0 0; Kyle Kania p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 4 5 4.

Glenville State – Colby Werry rf, 3 2 2 1; Carter Boswell cf, 2 1 1 1; Trevon Smith lf ,4 2 3 2; Tyler Phillips c, 3 0 1 0; Rayn Colaw 1b, 3 2 2 1; Andrue Hughart p, 4 0 0 0; Logan Henderson ss, 3 0 0 0; Michael Ferguson 3b, 2 1 1 1; Zach Bacon 2b, 3 0 0 0. Totals 27 8 10 6.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kania (L, 4-1): 5 innings, 7 hits, 6 runs, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Boswell); Hakey: 1 inning, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Glenville State – Hughart (W, 3-5): 7 innings, 5 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Skinner).

(Game 2)

West Virginia Wesleyan                                                         011 011 1 – 5

Glenville State                                                                       002 000 0 – 2

E – Vega, Kiser, Ferguson. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 5, Glenville State 4. 2B – Forbrick, Vega, Grotti, Bruner, Werry. 3B – Bacon. HR – Forbrick, Kiser. Sac. – Cintron. SF – Forbrick.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 1 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 3 1 0 0; Eric Forbrick c, 3 1 2 2; Antonio Vega 3b, 4 0 2 1; Nick Grotti lf, 3 0 1 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 1 1 1; Ben Fulks dh, 1 1 0 0; Todd Burner ss, 3 0 1 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 3 0 0 0; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0; Dominic Castello p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 5 8 5.

Glenville State – Colby Werry rf, 4 1 2 0; Carter Boswell cf, 2 0 1 2; Trevon Smith lf, 3 0 0 0; Tyler Philllips dh, 3 0 0 0; Rayn Colaw 1b, 2 0 0 0; Shane Tracacchio c, 3 0 0 0; Logan Henderson ss, 3 0 0 0; Michael Ferguson 3b, 3 1 0 0; Zach Bacon 2b, 3 0 1 0; Chase Swain p, 0 0 0 0; Jacob Williams p, 0 0 0 0; Brady Wilkinson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 4 2.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Roe (W, 3-7): 5 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Colaw); Castello: 1 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.

Glenville State – Swain: 4 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 walk, 2 strikeouts; Williams (L, 1-6): 1 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts; Wilkinson: 1 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

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