Bobcat baseball picks up first win in Florida


WINTER HAVEN, Fla. —West Virginia Wesleyan’s Bobcats dealt the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs a 6-4 licking here Monday to notch their first win on their Spring Break schedule.

But they lost both games of a doubleheader to the Minnesota-Crookston Golden Eagles Tuesday, tumbling by an 8-3 count in the opener, and dropping an 11-10 squeaker in the second clash when a seventh-inning rally came up short.

The ‘Cats saw their record fall to 1-5 going into Wednesday’s match-up with Malone (Ohio). They were to have battled Ashland (Ohio) in a twin bill Thursday.

They will face Tiffin (Ohio) today, and wind up their Florida slate Saturday against Saint Anselm (Mass.) and Malone.

The Bobcats pounded out 11 hits in downing Minnesota-Duluth to halt a three-game losing streak.

They opened the scoring with a solo run in the first inning when Wyatt Adkins singled, raced to third on Antonio Vega’s single, and dashed home on an error.

They picked up one in the third, with Nick Grotti leading off with a single, moving up on an Adkins ground-out, and crossing on Vega’s single.

The Bulldogs knotted the count at 2-2 in the fifth when Chase Thomas singled and Cory Krolikowski followed with a home run. They took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth frame, with Chris Saltzmann walking, going to third on Alex Welder’s two-bagger, and scoring on Anders Brown’s sacrifice bunt.

Wesleyan tied it up in the home half when Travis Renner reached on a bobble, advanced on Kyle Kania’s single, and rode home on Grotti’s double.

Minnesota-Duluth took a 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh, with Krolikowski walking, stealing second, and scoring when Tyler Midas reached on an error.

The ‘Cats rallied for three in the bottom of the seventh to nail down the win. Vega banged a one-out single, Alex Skinner doubled, and Eric Forbrick reached on a miscue to allow Vega and Skinner to score. Dominic Castello was safe on another error, and Josh Jano singled to plate the final marker.

Vega led the ‘Cat attack with three hits, with Kania and Grotti rapping two apiece.

Logan Brouwer started on the hill, but Sean Cliff picked up the win in relief. Chris Metrick earned his first save with two scoreless frames, striking out four. He needs just one more save to become the school’s all-time leader.

The Bobcats were blanked through the first five innings of the opener with Minnesota-Crookston.

The Golden Eagles tallied one in the first frame, two in the third, four in the fourth and one in the fifth to roll into an 8-0 spread.

The ‘Cats plated their three markers in the sixth. Riley Metz lined a one-out single to right field, Grotti singled through the left side, Kania drilled a two-run double down the left field line, and Castello singled down the left field line to send the final run home.

Adkins collected two of Wesleyan’s seven hits.

Jake Hakey suffered the loss, with Hunter Rotarius and Cliff seeing relief work.

The ‘Cats outhit the Golden Eagles by a 15-8 spread in the wild-scoring second game. Smith, Adkins and Forbrick each clobbered three, with Metz adding two.

Wesleyan tallied solo runs in the first three innings, and led by a 4-3 edge in the top of the fifth. But the Golden Eagles exploded for seven in the tailend of the fifth to go up by a 10-4 margin. The Bobcats responded with a six-run rally in the seventh, but came up short.

Ryan Reicoff started and worked four innings, with David McLeod taking the loss in relief. Cliff also saw relief duty.

The boxscores:

Minnesota-Duluth   000 021 100    4

Wesleyan           101 001 30x    6

E – Thomas, Baumgard, Welder, Ferguson, Smith. DP – Minnesota-Duluth 1. LoB – Minnesota-Duluth 9, Wesleyan 8. 2B – Midas, Welder, Smith, Skinner, Kania, Grotti. HR – Krolikowski. Sac. – Brown. SB – Krolikowski.

Hitting

Minnesota-Duluth – Chase Thomas ss, 5 1 2 0; Cory Krolikowski lf, 3 2 3 2; Ben Danielson dh, 4 0 0 0; Tyler Midas c, 5 0 1 1; Drew Stewart cf, 4 0 1 0; Colin Baumgard 3b, 4 0 0 0; Chris Saltzmann rf, 1 1 0 0; Henry George rf, 1 0 0 0; Alex Welder 1b, 4 0 1 0; Anders Brown 2b, 3 0 0 1; Alex Ferguson p, 0 0 0 0; Jaylen Hakes p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Flaherty p, 0 0 0 0; Evan Vick p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 34 4 8 4.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 5 0 1 0; Wyatt Adkins ss, 5 1 1 0; Antonio Vega dh, 4 1 3 1; Alex Skinner cf, 3 1 1 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 4 1 0 0; Adrian Delgado c, 3 0 0 0; Dominic Castello c, 1 0 0 0; Travis Renner 3b, 3 1 0 0; Josh Jano ph, 1 0 1 0; Bryson Fluke lf, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 3 0 2 0; Nick Grotti lf-3b, 4 1 2 1; Logan Brouwer p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 0 0 0 0; Chris Metrick p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 36 6 11 3.

Pitching

Minnesota-Duluth – Ferguson: 5 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts; Hakes: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout; Flaherty (L, 0-1): 1 inning, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts; Vick: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

Wesleyan – Brouwer: 5 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 4 walks, 3 strikeouts; Cliff (W, 1-0): 1 1/3 innings, 0 hits, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout; Metrick (Save-1): 2 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 4 strikeouts.

Game 1

Minnesota-Crookston  102 410 0 —  8

Wesleyan             000 003 0  — 3

E – Anaya, Hanson, Smith, Vega, Cliff.  LoB – Minnesota-Crookston 7, Wesleyan 7. 2B – Mushitz, Adkins, Kania. 3B – Stewart. Sac. – Bornhauser, Thoma. SF – Mushitz.

Hitting

Minnesota-Crookston – Anthony Stewart cf, 4 3 4 3; Mitchell Bornhauser rf, 3 1 1 1;  Ethan Mushitz ss, 2 0 1 1; Reed Hjelle 1b, 4 0 2 2; Jonathan Lund 3b, 3 0 1 1; James Cullinane lf, 2 0 0 0; Scott Mortenson ph-lf, 1 0 0 0; Zach Frazier c, 4 1 2 0; David Anaya 2b, 4 2 1 0; Ben Thoma dh, 1 1 0 0; Eli Jung ph, 1 0 0 0; Parker Hanson p, 0 0 0 0; Louis Gerzin p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 8 12 8.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 0 0 0; Wyatt Adkins ss, 3 0 2 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 4 0 1 0; Alex Skinner rf, 4 0 0 0;  Riley Metz dh, 3 1 1 0; Nick Grotti lf, 3 1 1 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 2 1 1 2; Dominic Castello c, 3 0 1 1; Jonathan Cintron pr-c, 0 0 0 0; Dylan Frye cf, 2 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 3 7 3.

Pitching

Minnesota-Crookston – Hanson (W, 1-1): 6 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 7 strikeouts, 1 hit batter; Gerzin: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

Wesleyan – Hakey (L, 0-1): 3 1/3 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs, 5 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 balk; Rotarius: 2 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 hit batter; Cliff: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Game 2

Wesleyan              111 010 6    10

Minnesota-Crookston   100 171 x  — 11

E – Adkins, Grotti 2, Yutrzenka. LoB – Wesleyan 7, Minnesota-Crookston 5. 2B – Smith 2, Adkins, Grotti, Metz, Mushitz, Frazier. 3B – Stewart, Hjelle. Sac. – Metz, Wolf. SF – Stewart, Anaya. SB – Smith, Forbrick.

Hitting

Wesleyan  -- Greg Smith 2b, 5 2 3 3; Wyatt Adkins ss, 5 0 3 1; Nick Grotti 3b, 3 2 1 0; Riley Metz dh, 2 2 2 1; Alex Skinner rf, 2 1 1 2; Kolby Wolf lf, 3 1 1 1; Kyle Kania 1b, 4 1 1 1; Eric Forbrick c, 4 1 3 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 3 0 0 0; Antonio Vega ph, 1 0 0 0; Ryan Reicoff p, 0 0 0 0; David McLeod p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 32 10 15 9.

Minnesota-Crookston – Anthony Stewart cf, 2 1 1 1; Mitchell Bornhauser rf, 2 2 0 0; Ethan Mushitz ss, 3 2 2 0; Reed Hjelle 1b, 4 2 2 1; Jonathan Lund 3b, 3 2 1 1; Wyatt Peppel ph, 1 0 0 1; Hunter Baldwin 3b, 0 0 0 0; James Cullinane lf, 2 1 1 0; Scott Mortenson ph-lf, 0 0 0 0; Zach Frazier c, 3 1 1 3; David Anaya 2b, 1 0 0 1; Ben Thoma dh, 3 0 0 0; Justin Yutrzenka p, 0 0 0 0; Gabriel Cavasos p, 0 0 0 0; Jacob Butcher p, 0 0 0 0; Graeme Cherry p, 0 0 0 0; Zach Seipel p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 11 8 8.

Pitching

Wesleyan – Reicoff: 4 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts; McLeod (L, 0-1): 1 inning, 4 hits, 7 runs, 6 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch; Cliff: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

Minnesota-Crookston – Yutrzenka: 4 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Cavasos (W, 2-0): 2 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Butcher: pitched to 4 batters, 4 hits, 5 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk; Cherry: 1/3 of an inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts; Seipel: 2/3 of an inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.


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