Bobcats salvage with UVa.-Wise

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BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan’s Bobcats broke even with Virginia-Wise’s Cavaliers in a doubleheader here Sunday, dropping a 6-1 decision in the opener, but coming back to post a 4-1 victory in game two.

The split left the ‘Cats with an all-games record of 11-30 and 10-15 in the Mountain East Conference going into another doublet Monday with the Cavaliers. They will take on Glenville State’s Pioneers in a regular season-ending four-game series Friday and Sunday.

Virginia-Wise took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of the first contest when Brett Yates reached on an error, advanced on Stuart Paz’s ground-out and crossed on David Thomas’ single.

The Cavaliers plated two in the third stanza on singles by Yates, Paz, Brock Smith and Matt Wright to make it 3-0.

They tacked on one in the fourth on an error and singles by Jordan Turner and Yates, picked up one in the fifth on Josh Haga’s single and Tyler Blaum’s two-bagger  and upped the count to 6-0 with one in the top of the sixth, with Paz walking and scoring on a Thomas double.

The Bobcats got their run in the bottom of the sixth, with Jonathan Cintron singling to center field, going to third on Wyatt Adkins’ double to left and scoring on Eric Forbrick’s ground-out.

Cintron colleted two of Wesleyan’s six hits.

Jake Bishop started on the mound and suffered the loss, with Ryan Reicoff, Kyle Riggleman and Jake Hakey seeing relief duty.

The ‘Cats jumped out to a 2-0 advantage in the first frame of the second clash, with Cintron and Josh Jano walking and Forbrick and Josh Petit smacking singles.

They added one in the third when Jano singled to center, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Sammy Ross, stole third and tagged up and scored on Petit’s sacrifice fly to left field.

They chased their final marker across in the fifth frame, with Cintron legging out an infield single to short, taking second on Forbrick’s sacrifice bunt, going to third on Jano’s single to center and sprinting home on a ground-out by Ross.

The Cavaliers avoided a shut-out with their marker in the sixth when Dawson Cagle walked, advanced on a walk to Matthew Branham, moved to third on Haga’s infield single and scored on Blaum’s sacrifice fly to center.

Wesleyan banged out eight hits, with Jano and Petit rapping two apiece.

Griffin Roe started and got the win, doling out three hits, walking three and fanning six in five innings. Sean Cliff worked one-third of an inning, allowing one hit and walking one, and Chris Metrick tossed 1 2/3 frames of no-hit relief to rack up his fifth save, striking out two.

The boxscores:

Game 1

Virginia-Wise   102 111 0    6

Wesleyan         000 001 0  ­—  1

E – Turner, Smith, Metz. LoB – Virginia-Wise 10, Wesleyan 5. 2B – Thomas, Blaum, Adkins. SB – Paz, Thomas, Wright.

Hitting

Virginia-Wiise – Brett Yates 2b, 5 2 2 0; Stuart Paz 3b, 3 2 1 1; David Thomas lf 4 0 2 2; Brock Smith 1b, 3 0 1 1; Matt Wright dh,3 0 1 1; Matthew Branham rf, 4 0 1 0;; Josh Haga cf, 4 1 2 0; Tyler Blaunm c, 4 0 2 1; Jordan Turner ss, 4 1 1 0; Greg Duncan p, 0 0 0 0; Jimmy Vanoosdale p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 34 5 13 6.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 1 0; Jonathan Cintron c, 3 1 2 0; Wyatt Adkins dh, 3 0 1 0; Eric Forbrick lf, 2 0 0 1; Nick Grotti ss, 3 0 1 0; Riley Metz rf, 3 0 0 0; Dominic Castello 3b, 2 0 0 0; Sammy Ross 1b, 3 0 1 0; Dylan Frye cf, 2 0 0 0; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0; Ryan Reicoff p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Riggleman p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 1 6 1.

Pitching

Virginia-Wise – Duncan (W, 5-4): 6 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts; Vanosdale: 1/3 of an inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Wesleyan – Bishop (L, 1-7): 4 innings, 9 hits, 4 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts; Reicoff: 1 inning, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Riggleman: 1 inning, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 1 hit batter; Hakey: 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Game 2

Virginia-Wise   000 001 0    1

Wesleyan         201 010 x    4

E – Petit. LoB – Virginia-Wise 9, Wesleyan 6. Sac. – Forbrick, Ross. SF – Blaum, Petit. SB – Paz, Jano.

Hitting

Virginia-Wise – Brett Yates 2b, 4 0 0 0; Stuart Pz 3b, 4 0 1 0; David Thomas lf, 3 0 0 0; Brock Smith 1b, 4 0 0 0; Dawson Cagle dh, 2 1 0 0; Matthew Branham rf, 2 0 0 0 Josh Haga cf, 2 0 2 0; Tyler Blaum c, 1 0 1 1; Jordan Turner ss, 3 0 0 0; R. J. Vanvickle p, 0 0 0 0; Matthew Wilkinson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 1 4 1.

Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 2 2 1 0; Eric Forbrick c, 2 1 1 0; Josh Jano dh, 2 1 2 0; Kyle Kania 1b, 1 0 0 0;

Sammy Ross 1b, 1 0 0 1; Josh Petit 3b, 2 0 2 3; Dominic Castello 3b, 0 0 0 0; Kolby Wolf lf, 2 0 0 0; Dylan Frye lf, 1 0 0 0; Alex Skinner cf, 3 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 1 0; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0; Sean Cliff p, 0 0 0 0; Chris Metrick p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 22 4 8 4.

Pitching

Virginia-Wise – Vanvickle (L, 2-5): 4 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 4 runs, 4 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts; Wilkinson: 1 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

Wesleyan – Roe (W, 3-3): 5 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batter; Cliff: 1/3 of an inning, 1 hiit, 0 runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Metrick (Save-5): 1 2/3 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts.

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