Bobcats take two from Wheeling Jesuit, fall to Minnesota State


AUBURNDALE (Fla.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team picked up two more wins on their spring break tour of Florida Wednesday evening as they took a doubleheader from Mountain East Conference rival Wheeling Jesuit, winning game one 5-3, and the nightcap, 6-1.

The two games were non-conference contests and will not count in league standings.

On Thursday, they dropped an 11-4 decision to Minnesota State University-Mankato.

The action left the Bobcats with a 5-8 record.

In Wednesday’s first game, the contest was scoreless until Wesleyan plated two runs in the top of the fourth.

Jonathan Cintron scored on a passed ball and Dominic Castello singled home Eric Forbrick for the pair of runs.

Wheeling Jesuit scored one in the bottom of the fourth and took the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth, at 3-2.

Wesleyan won the game with a three-run seventh inning.

Alex Skinner crushed a double to center field that scored Bryson Fluke and Castello and Greg Smith roped a single to center that scored Tanner McCallister.

Bobcat reliever GriffinRoe, who came onto pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning, threw a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win for Wesleyan.

Skinner collected two of the five hits for Wesleyan in the win.

Roe picked up his first win of the season to improve to 1-2 pitching 1 1/3 innings and didn’t allow a run on one hit and one walk while fanning two.

Jacob Murray had three of Wheeling Jesuit’s five hits.

Shawn Marcellus suffered the loss for the Cardinals pitching 2/3 of an inning and giving up two runs on three hits.

In the second game on Wednesday, Wesleyan raced out to a 4-0 lead after three innings of action.

Skinner blasted a double to left field that scored Josh Petit in the bottom of the second to stake Wesleyan to a 1-0 lead and then Forbirck singled up the middle for two RBIs and Petit hit a sacrifice fly that scored Forbrick in the third.

Wheeling Jesuit scored their lone run in the top of the fifth, but Wesleyan answered with two of their own in their half of the fifth on a Ryan Kiser sacrifice fly and a Sam Ross one-run single.

Wesleyan mustered five hits in the win with Skinner getting two.

Kyle Kania (1-0) picked up the win going six innings.

He allowed just one unearned run on seven hits while walking two and fanning five.

Julio Medina pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Wesleyan.

Dom Davis had three of Wheeling Jesuit’s seven hits.

Frankie Favede suffered the loss lasting just four innings and giving up two earned runs on four hits.

In Thursday’s game, Minnesota State-Mankato jumped on Wesleyan for five runs in the top of the third and never looked back in their 11-4 win.

Minnesota State-Mankato made it a 6-0 game with a run in the top of the fifth before Wesleyan got on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the fifth when McCallister scored on an error.

Wesleyan closed the gap to 6-4 with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning when McCallister scored on an error, Ross hit a one-run single and then later scored on another Minnesota State-Mankato error.

Wesleyan couldn’t get any closer than two runs as Minnesota-State Mankato scored one in the top of the seventh, two in the top of the eighth and two in the top of the ninth.

Smith had two of Wesleyan’s eight hits.

Jake Bishop suffered the loss for the ‘Cats going five innings surrendering six runs on six hits while walking five and striking out one.

Tom Imholte and Ty Denzer each had three hits for Minnesota State-Mankato.

Cam Kline earned the win for Minnesota State-Mankato going 5 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on eight hits.

The Bobcats were slated to finish up their Florida trip with a doubleheader against the University of Mary on Friday and a single game with the University of Minnesota-Crookston Saturday morning.

They will return to action Saturday when they visit Shepherdstown for a MEC doubleheader with the Shepherd Rams.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan 000 200 3 – 5

Wheeling Jesuit                 000 102 0 – 3

E – Kiser, Vega, Lynn. DP – West Virginia Wesleyan 1, Wheeling Jesuit 1. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 3, Wheeling Jesuit 5. 2B – Skinner, Murray. SB – Castello 2, McCallister, Grimes.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 0 1 1; Jonathan Cintron rf, 4 1 1 0; Eric Forbirck c, 2 1 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 0 0 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 2 0 0 0; Travis Renner ph-3b, 1 0 0 0; Dominic Castello dh, 2 1 1 1; Nick Grotti lf, 2 0 0 0; Bryson Fluke ph-lf 1 1 1 0; Alex Skinner cf, 3 0 2 2; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 1 0 0 ; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 5 6 4.

Wheeling Jesuit – Nick Serafino lf, 3 0 0 0; Ryan Lynn ss, 4 0 0 0; Jacob Murray 3b, 3 2 3 0; Dom Davis dh, 3 0 0 0; Tristan Grimes pr, 0 1 0 0; Zach Blumling rf, 3 0 0 0; Lucas Rawlins 1b, 2 0 1 1; Hayde Hizer 2b, 3 0 1 1; Colin Caven c, 3 0 0 0; Philip Derick cf, 3 0 0 0; Tanner Evans p, 0 0 0 0; Shawn Marcellus p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 3 5 3.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hakey: 5 2/3 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 9 strikeouts; Roe: (W, 1-2): 1 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.

Wheeling Jesuit – Evans: 6 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 1 earned runs, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Marcellus: 2/3 of an inning, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

(Game 2)

Wheeling Jesuit                  000 010 0 – 1

West Virginia Wesleyan 013 020 x – 6

E – Dennison, Favede. DP – None. LoB – Wheeling Jesuit 8, West Virginia Wesleyan 4. 2B – Davis, Skinner. 3B – Smith. Sac. – Cintron, Kiser. SF – Kiser, Petit.

Hitting

Wheeling Jesuit – Adam Denninson ss, 3 1 1 0; Jacob Murray 3b, 4 0 1 0; Dom Davis 1 b, 4 0 3 0; T.J. Jacob lf, 2 0 0 0; Bijan Kamalipour rf, 3 0 0 0; Brad Trescott 2b, 3 0 0 0; Jeffery Paatrick dh, 3 0 0 0; Bryan Courts c, 2 0 1 0; Zach Rohaley ph, 1 0 0 0; Colin Caven c, 0 0 0 0; Tristan Grimes cf, 2 0 1 0; Frankie Favede p, 0 0 0 0; Anthony Longo p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 27 1 7 0.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 2 1 0; Jonathan Cintron c, 1 1 0 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 3 2 1 2; Ryan Kiser 1b, 1 0 0 1; Josh Petit 3b, 0 1 0 1; Sam Ross dh, 3 0 1 1; Alex Skinner lf, 3 0 2 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 2 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 0 0; Kyle Kania p, 0 0 0 0; Julio Medina p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 20 6 5 4.

Pitching

Wheeling Jesuit – Favede (L, 0-2): 4 innings, 4 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch; Longo: 2 innings, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan: Kania (W, 1-0): 7 innings, 1 run, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batsmen (Dennison); Medina: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

Mankato                     005 010 122 – 11

West Va. Wesleyan     000 013 000 – 4

E – Frederick, Kline, Del Valle 2, Birthisel, Ross 2, Fulks. DP – Minnesota State 1, West Virginia Wesleyan 1. 2B – Imholte, Elliot, Mattson, Denzer, Smith, Petit. HR – Hart. Sac. – Petersen. SF – Buck.

Hitting

Minnesota State-Mankato – Teddy Peterson 2b, 2 0 0 0; Mitch Frederick 2b, 2 1 0 0; Tom Imholte c, 4 2 3 1; Ty Buck 1b, 5 2 2 2; Jordan Hart rf, 6 2 2 2; Nick Altematt ss, 6 1 0 0; Carter Elliott dh, 2 1 1 0; Jack Mattson dh, 1 1 1 0; Ty Denzer lf, 4 0 3 3; Tyler Berg cf, 3 0 0 0; Jack Waletich cf, 0 0 0 0; Tony Miller 3b, 3 1 1 0; Cam Kline p, 0 0 0 0; Zach Gustafson p, 0 0 0 0; Bobby Gauvreau p, 0 0 0 0; Jack Brown p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 38 11 13 11.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 0 2 0; Alexander Del Valle oh-2b, 0 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 2 0 0 0; Noah Birthsel rf, 2 0 0 0; Eric Forbrick lf, 3 0 0 0; Leo White ph-lf, 1 0 0 0; Antonio Vega dh, 2 0 0 0; Dominic Castello dh, 2 1 0 0; Josh Petit 3b, 4 0 1 0; Sam Ross 1b, 3 1 1 1; Alex Skinner cf, 2 0 1 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 2 0 1 0; Ben Fulks c, 4 1 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 2 1 1 0; Nick Grotti ss, 2 0 1 1; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0; Julio Medina p, 0 0 0 0; David McLeod p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 34 4 8 2.

Pitching

Minnesota State-Mankato – Kline (W, 2-0): 5 2/3 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts; Gustafson: 1/3 of an inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 2 wild pitches; Gauvreau: 2 innings, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Brown: 1 inning, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Bishop (W, 1-2): 5 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 5 earned runs, 5 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch; Medina: 2 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Petersen); McLeod: 1 1/3 innings, 1 hit, 2 runs, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Waletich).


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