Fluke hits walk-off home run as Bobcats take game two from West Va. State, 4-3


BUCKHANNON – Buckhannon-Upshur graduate and current West Virginia Wesleyan sophomore center fielder Bryson Fluke hit a walk-off home run for the Bobcats to give Wesleyan a 4-3 win in the second game of a doubleheader with West Virginia State in Mountain East Conference action Saturday afternoon.

With the game tied at 3-3, Fluke led off the bottom of the seventh inning and sent one over the wall for the walk-off win.

The win gave Wesleyan a split on the day as they lost game one in extra innings by a 10-8 score.

The split left the Bobcats with a 16-26 record overall and a 9-15 MEC mark.

In game two, the Yellow Jackets built a 3-0 lead after an inning and a half of action.

The Bobcats got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second when Todd Burner singled home Dominic Castello to make it a 2-1 contest.

Wesleyan tied the game with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third when Antonio Vega hit a sacrifice fly that scored Greg Smith and Nick Grotti singled home Jonathan Cintron.

The game remained tied at 3-3 until Fluke’s walk-off.

Wesleyan outhit West Virginia State by a 7-5 margin.

Sam Ross had one hit while Smith, Cintron, Grotti, Todd Burner and Fluke each had one apiece.

Kyle Kania improved to 4-0 on the season as he pitched a complete game.

He allowed three earned runs on five hits while striking out five.

In game one, both teams had explosive first innings.

West Virginia State scored five runs in the top of the first but Wesleyan responded with a six-run bottom of the first.

Forbrick hit a one-run double, Vega hit a sacrifice fly, Castello blasted a two-run home run, and Tanner McCallister hit a two-run single to account for the scoring.

West Virginia State took the lead right back with a pair of runs in the top of the second but Wesleyan answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the third.

Grotti doubled home Castello and later scored on a balk to treat Wesleyan to an 8-7 lead.

The Yellow Jackets tied the game with a run in the top of the fourth at 8-8.

The game remained knotted at 8-8 until West Virginia State scored a pair of runs in the top of the eighth on a two-run home run by Connor Slagill.

Wesleyan had 13 hits in the setback.

Grotti paced the offense with three hits while Alex Skinner and McCallister each had two.

Castello (4-4) suffered the loss on the mound tossing three innings of relief.

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

The Bobcats will return to the diamond Saturday when they visit UVa.-Wise for a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

The two teams will square off again Sunday in a conference doubleheader starting 1 1 p.m.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

West Virginia State      520 100 02 – 10

W. Va. Wesleyan          602 000 00 – 8

E – Bradley, Forbrick, Vega, Castello 2, McCallister. DP – None. LoB – 8, West Virginia Wesleyan 9. 2B – Jordank, Slagill, Forbrick, Grotti. HR – Stone, Slagill, Castello. Sac. – Skinner. SF – Vega. SB – Stone, Slagill, Harrison, Christian.

Hitting

West Virginia State – Christopher Jordan ss, 5 2 2 0; Andrew Stone 2b, 5 3 4 2; Connor Slagill 1b, 5 3 2 3; Matthew Kline lf, 5 1 2 1; Matt Harrison rf, 5 0 1 1; Brett Christian 3b, 5 1 1 0; Antonio Brown dh, 2 0 1 1; Chase Stover ph, 0 0 0 0; Jared Hunt cf, 1 0 0 0; Trevor Sampson cf-p, 4 0 1 0; Andrew Massey c, 3 0 0 0; Aaron Neil c, 0 0 0 0; Hunter Bradley p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 40 19 14 8.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 4 1 1 0; Alex Skinner cf, 4 1 2 0; Eric Forbrick rf-c, 5 1 1 1; Antonio Vega 3b, 3 0 1 1; Dominic Castello c-p, 4 2 1 2; Travis Renner lf, 3 1 1 0; Nick Grotti dh, 3 2 3 1; Bryson Fluke pr, 0 0 0 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 1 0 0 0; Ryan Kiser 1b, 3 0 1 0; Tanner McCallister ss, 3 0 2 2; Josh Petit ph, 1 0 0 0; Todd Burner ss, 0 0 0 0; Michael Mailolo p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 34 8 13 7.

Pitching

West Virginia State – Bradley (W, 5-2): 7 innings, 12 hits, 8 runs, 8 earned runs, 4 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch, 1 balk, 1 hit by pitch (Stover); Sampson (S): 1 inning, 1 hit, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Maiolo: 5 innings, 11 hits, 8 runs, 5 earned runs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout; 5 wild pitches; 1 hit batsman (Stover); Castello: 3 innings, 3 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 3 strikeouts.

(Game 2)

West Virginia State       120 000 0 – 3

W. Va. Wesleyan              012 000 1 – 4

E – Jordan 2, Christian, Sampson, Kanai. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia State 4, West Virginia Wesleyan 5. 2B – Jordan, Sampson. Ross. HR – Fluke. SF – Vega.

Hitting

West Virginia State – Christopher Jordan ss, 4 1 1 1; Andrew Stone p, 3 0 0 0; Connor Slagill 1b, 2 0 0 0; Matthew Kline lf, 2 0 0 1; Matt Harrison rf, 3 0 0 0; Brett Christian 3b, 3 0 0 0; Trevor Sampson 2b, 3 1 1 0; Aaron Niel c, 3 0 1 0; Jared Hunt cf, 3 1 2 1. Totals 26 3 5 3.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Greg Smith 2b, 3 1 1 0; Jonathan Cintron rf, 2 1 1 0; Eric Forbrick c, 3 0 0 0; Antonio Vega 3b, 2 0 0 1; Nick Grotti lf, 2 0 1 1; Dominic Castello dh, 3 1 0 0; Sam Ross 1b, 3 0 2 0; Todd Burner ss, 3 0 1 1; Bryson Fluke cf, 3 1 1 1; Kyle Kania p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 4 7 4.

Pitching

West Virginia State – A. Stone (L, 1-6): 6 innings, 7 hits, 4 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 2 strikeouts, 2 hit batsmen (Cintron, Grotti).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kanai (W, 4-0): 7 innings, 5 hits, 3 runs, 3 earned runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts.


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