Lady Bobcats take two from UVa.-Wise in MEC softball doubleheader, 11-6 and 9-6

Megan Magsamen (5) of the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcat softball team gets ready to cross home plate and get mobbed by her teammates after hitting a two-run home run in game one of their MEC doubleheader against UVa.-Wise Saturday at Culpepper Field. The Lady ‘Cats earned a sweep winning both games, 11-6 and 9-6.

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats had their offense rolling in a Mountain East Conference home doubleheader Saturday with the UVa.-Wise Cavaliers at Culpepper Field.

The Lady ‘Cats put up double digits in an 11-6 game one victory and then pounded out 17 hits in a game two 9-6 win.

The two wins improved head coach Steve Warner’s club to 20-22 overall and 13-15 in the MEC.

They are now a single game behind UVa.-Wise heading into the final day of the regular season.

UVa.-Wise still holds down the fourth and final play-off spot in the MEC South with a 15-15 conference record.

Wesleyan was slated to close out their regular season Sunday hosting Concord in a league doubleheader.

Game one was a sloppy defensive affair as the two teams combined for 10 errors – Uva.-Wise six and Wesleyan four.

Wesleyan scored first in the bottom of the second when Paije Bragg singled home Megan Magsamen.

UVa.-Wise tied the game in the top of the third with a run.

Wesleyan set the tone for the rest of the game and the second game with an eight-run third inning.

The Lady ‘Cats sent 14 batters to the plate during the inning.

Kelley Bourne, Miranda Frye, Megan Magsamen, Celia Valencia, Kennedy Cowart, Brooke Clark each knocked in a run while Lauryn King brought home two with a double to left field.

That gave Wesleyan a 9-1 lead.

UVa.-Wise scored a run in the top of the fourth and two more in the top of the sixth to cut the lead to 9-4, but Magsamen blasted a two-run home run that scored Frye to up the Lady Bobcat lead to 11-4.

The Cavaliers scored twice in the top of the seventh but Wesleyan held on for the five-run win.

King led the Lady Bobcat offense with three hits while Magsamen drove in three runs.

Hannah Hudson improved her record to 11-10 tossing a complete game.

She gave up three earned runs on nine hits while walking three and striking out five.

In game two, Taylor Creasey hit a two-run home run for UVa.-Wise in the top of the first to give them a 2-0 lead.

Wesleyan countered with two runs of their own in their half of the inning on a ground out RBI by Alvarado and a one-run single by Bourne.

Wesleyan took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish in the bottom of the second when Cowart blasted a two-run double and later scored on an error.

That treated the Lady Bobcats to a 5-2 advantage.

Kaylee Jones hit a solo shot for UVa.-Wise in the top of the fourth to make it a 5-3 contest.

Wesleyan answered with a two-run double by Magsamen to put their lead at 7-3.

UVa.-Wise scored a pair of runs in the top of the sixth to shrink the deficit to 7-5.

Bragg extended the Wesleyan lead to 9-5 with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth.

UVa.-Wise scored a run in the top of the seventh, but Bourne shut the door on the Cavaliers leaving the tying run at the plate.

Bourne earned a save pitching two innings of relief.

Hudson got the start in game two as well picking up the win to improve to 12-10.

She surrendered three earned runs on seven hits while striking out four.

King led the 17-hit attack with four hits while Valencia collected three.

The boxscores:

(Game 1)

UVa.-Wise                      001 102 2 – 6

W. Va. Wesleyan             018 002 x – 11

E – UVa.-Wise 6, West Virginia Wesleyan 4. DP – None. LoB – UVa.-Wise 11, West Virginia Wesleyan 7. 2B – Creasey, King. HR – Jones, Magsamen. SF – Smith, Magsamen. SB – Magsamen.

Hitting

UVa.-Wise – Nikki Smith ss, 3 2 0 2; Taylor Creasey cf, 4 0 1 2; Alexis Miles 1b, 4 0 2 0; Kaylee Jones 2b, 4 1 1 2; Shannon Bennett lf, 4 0 1 1 0; Casey Chambers 3b, 4 1 1 0; Katie Russell dp, 4 1 2 0; Kailyn  Spencer p, 1 0 0 0; Raychel Lapallo p, 3 0 1 0; Ava Hockey rf, 2 1 0 0; Melissa Bartley c, 0 0 0 0. Totals 33 6 9 6.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart 3b, 4 1 1 1; Brooke Clark dp, 4 1 1 1; Lauryn King lf, 4 1 3 2; Kelley Bourne rf, 4 1 0 1; Destiny Alvarado 2b, 2 1 1 0; Miranda Frye 1b, 4 2 0 1; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 2 1 3; Paije Bragg c, 3 1 1 1; Celia Valencia ss, 3 1 0 1; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 31 11 8 11.

Pitching

UVa.-Wise – Spencer (L, 9-8): 2 1/3 innings, 6 hits, 9 runs, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 0 wild pitches, 2 hit batsmen (Alvarado, Valencia); Lapallo: 3 2/3 innings, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Alvarado).

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (W, 11-10): 7 innings, 9 hits, 6 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Hockey).

(Game 2)

UVa.-Wise                        200 102 1 – 6

West Virginia Wesleyan 230 202 x – 9

E – Creasey, Russell, Alvarado. DP – None. LoB – UVa.-Wise 8, West Virginia Wesleyan 11. 2B – Cowart, King, Bourne, Magsamen, Bragg. HR – Creasey, Jones. SB – Jones, Clark.

Hitting

UVa.-Wise – Nikki Smith ss, 4 1 2 0; Taylor Creasey cf, 4 1 1 2; Alexis  Miles 1b, 4 0 1 0; Kaylee Jones 2b, 2 2 1 1; Shannon Bennett lf, 3 1 1 0; Casey Chambers 3b, 4 1 0 0; Katie Russell dp, 2 0 0 1; Lucindy Lawson c, 4 0 1 1; Ava Hockey rf, 2 0 0 1; Sydney Collins p, 0 0 0 0; Ashleigh Nalls p, 0 0 0 0; Raychel Lapallo p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 29 6 7 6.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Kennedy Cowart 3b, 5 1 1 2; Brooke Clark dp-rf, 4 2 2 0; Lauryn King lf, 4 2 4 0; Destiny Alvarado 2b, 4 0 1 1; Kelley Bourne rf-p, 4 1 2 1; Miranda Frye 1b , 4 0 1 0; Megan Magsamen cf, 3 2 2 2; Paije Bragg c, 2 0 1 2; C. Bowen ph, 1 0 0 0; Celia Valencia ss, 4 1 3 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 35 9 17 8.

Pitching

UVa.-Wise – Collins (L, 3-4): 2 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned runs, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts; Nalls: 3 innings, 7 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts; Lapallo: 1 inning, 3 hits, 2 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 1 strikeout.

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (W, 12-10): 5 innings, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch; Bourne (S, 1): 2 innings, 0 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 hit batsman (Hockey).

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