‘Cats earn split with Wheeling Jesuit in Mountain East Conference twin bill

Jake Bishop (16) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats delivers a pitch during game one of their Mountain East Conference doubleheader with Wheeling Jesuit Saturday afternoon at Hank Ellis Field. Bishop earned a no-decision in the Bobcats’ 7-6 victory. Wesleyan dropped the second game, 3-2. The split left West Virginia Wesleyan with an 8-14 record.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team earned a split with the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals Saturday afternoon in their home debut in a Mountain East Conference twin bill at Hank Ellis Field.

While the ‘Cats earned a split, they had hoped for a sweep against the last place Cardinals.

Wesleyan had to rally for a seventh-inning walk off in game one for a 7-6 victory and then dropped game two by a 3-2 score.

In game one, Wheeling Jesuit took an early lead with a pair of runs in the top of the second.

Nick Grotti singled home Ryan Kiser for Wesleyan in their half of the second to make it a 2-1 contest.

Wheeling Jesuit scored a run in the third and fourth innings for a 4-1 lead.

Wesleyan tied the game with a three-run fourth inning.

Dominic Castello had a one-run single and he and Ben Fulks later scored on a Wheeling Jesuit error.

Wheeling Jesuit retook the lead in the top of the fifth for a 6-4 advantage.

Wesleyan won the game with a rally in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Greg Smith started the inning with a single, Eric Forbrick drew a walk and Antonio Vega singled to load the bases.

Jonathan Cintron walked to bring home Smith and Kiser drew another walk to score Forbrick and make it a 6-6 game.

Dominic Castello hit a sacrifice fly for the walk off win that scored Vega.

Wesleyan collected 10 hits in the win with Vega, Castello, Fulks and Travis Renner each getting two.

Kyle Kania earned the win tossing 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

He improved to 2-0 as he didn’t allow a hit while striking out two.

In game two, Wheeling Jesuit scored a pair of runs in the top of the second and one more in the top of the third for a 3-0 lead.

Wesleyan scored their two runs in the bottom of the third.

Smith scored on an error and Cintron doubled home Forbrick.

The game remained at 3-2 as neither team would score in the final four innings.

The two teams combined for just nine hits – Wheeling Jesuit five and West Virginia Wesleyan four.

Cintron had two of the four hits for the Bobcats while Vega and Castello each had one.

Griffin Roe started the game for Wesleyan and went two innings giving up two earned runs on two hits while fanning one.

Hunter Rotarius pitched five scoreless innings for Wesleyan.

The split left Wheeling Jesuit with a 3-15 record overall and a 2-4 conference mark.

Wesleyan now has an 8-14 record overall and a 1-5 MEC record.

The Bobcats were slated to play West Liberty at home Sunday in a doubleheader.

They will play Salem University Tuesday in a home non-conference game at 6 p.m.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

Wheeling Jesuit              021 120 0 – 6

West Virginia Wesleyan 010 300 3 – 7

E – Rawlins, Derick. DP – None. LoB – Wheeling Jesuit 12, West Virginia Wesleyan 4. 2B – Vega. SF – Castello. SB – Serafino.

Hitting

Wheeling Jesuit – Nick Serafino lf, 2 0 0 1; Ryan Lynn ss, 2 0 0 1; Dom Davis dh, 5 1 1 0; Zach Blumling rf, 4 0 1 0; Lucas Rawlins 1b, 4 1 2 1; Jacob Murray 3b, 2 1 0 0; Hayden Hizer 2b, 4 1 2 0; Colin Caven c, 1 1 1 0; Philip Derick cf, 4 1 1 0; Josh Bell p, 0 0 0 0; Nick Luciano p, 0 0 0 0; Logan Menear p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 6 8 3.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 1 1 0; Eric Forbrick rf, 3 1 0 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 4 1 2 0; Jonathan Cintron cf, 3 1 0 1; Ryan Kiser 1b, 2 1 0 1; Dominic Castello dh, 3 1 2 2; Ben Fulks c, 3 1 2 0; Travis Renner lf, 3 0 2 0; Nick Grotti ss, 3 0 1 3; Jake Bishop p, 0 0 0 0; Julio Medina p, 0 0 0 0; Jake Hakey p, 0 0 0 0; Kyle Kania p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 28 7 10 7.

Pitching

Wheeling Jesuit – Bell: 6 innings, 9 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout; Luciano: pitched to one batter, 0 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Menear (L, 0-1): 1 hit, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Bishop: 2 2/3 innings, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 5 walks, 2 strikeouts; Medina: 1 inning, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 2 wild pitches, 2 hit batsmen (Murray, Caven); Hakey: 2/3 of an inning, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Lynn); Kania (W, 2-0): 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 3 wild pitches, 1 hit batsman (Caven).

(Game 2)

Wheeling Jesuit                021 000 0 – 3

West Virginia Wesleyan 002 000 0 – 2

E – Dennison 2, Cintron 1. DP – None. LoB – Wheeling Jesuit 8, West Virginia Wesleyan 5. 2B – Dennison, Cintron. SB – Dennison, Davis.

Hitting

Wheeling Jesuit – Nick Serafino 4 0 0 0; Adam Dennison ss, 4 1 2 0; Dom Davis dh, 3 0 0 0; Zach Blumling rf, 3 1 2 0; Lucas Rawlins 1b, 3 1 1 1; Jacob Murry 3b, 2 0 0 0; Hayden Hizer 2b, 3 0 0 0; Bryan Courts c, 2 0 0 0; Tristan Grimes cf, 2 0 0 0; Zach Rohaley p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 3 5 2.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 1 0 0; Eric Forbrick c, 3 1 0 0; Antonia Vega 3b, 3 0 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 3 0 2 1; Ryan Kiser 1b, 1 0 0 0; Josh Petit ph, 1 0 0 0; Travis Renner 1b, 1 0 0 0; Dominic Castello dh, 1 0 1 0; Kolby Wolf lf, 3 0 0 0; Bryson Fluke cf, 3 0 0 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 0 0; Griffin Roe p, 0 0 0 0; Hunter Rotarius p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 26 2 4 1.

Pitching

Wheeling Jesuit – Rohaley (W, 2-2): 7 innings, 4 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 1 walk, 6 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Castello).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Roe (L, 1-4): 2 innings, 2 hits, 3 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout, 1 wild pitch, 1 hit batsman (Blumling); Rotarius: 5 innings, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 6 strikeouts, 2 hit batsmen (Rawllins, Murray).


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