Softball Lady ‘Cats’ bats go cold in doubleheader loss to Falcons

Kennedy Cowart

FAIRMONT – The West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball team had trouble finding their offense in a pair of road losses to the Fairmont State Falcons Wednesday evening in a Mountain East Conference doubleheader.

The Lady ‘Cats combined for just 10 hits and one run in the two games, dropping the first one by an 8-0 score and the second outing by a 7-1 count.

In the opener, a three-run home run by Fairmont State’s Cierra Chastain in the bottom of the second set the tone for the day for the Lady ‘Cats.

Wesleyan loaded the bases in the top of the sixth inning but were unable to plate a run.

Fairmont State finished off the Lady ‘Cats in the bottom of the sixth inning with a five-run inning that evoked the mercy rule.

Wesleyan had just four hits in the opener with Kennedy Cowart getting two of them.

Hannah Hudson (4-3) suffered the loss going 5 2/3 innings and allowing eight earned runs on six hits while walking three and striking out four.

Wesleyan fell behind Fairmont State early in game two as well as the Falcons put together a five-run second inning.

They tacked on one more run in the bottom of the third for a 6-0 lead.

Wesleyan’s lone run of the game and the day occurred in the top of the fourth when Bella Posey reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Cowart.

Fairmont State added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Wesleyan had six hits with Grace Smith, Cowart, Kelley Bourne, Posey, Molly Osborne and Taylor Swartz each getting one.

Abigail O’Shields (4-4) took the loss getting the start.

She lasted four innings and allowed just two earned runs on seven hits while walking three and fanning four.

The pair of losses dropped Wesleyan to 8-8 on the season heading into today’s road doubleheader with Wheeling that will begin at 1 p.m.

They will stay on the road Sunday and visit West Liberty for a noon MEC doubleheader.

The boxscores:

(GAME 1)

West Virginia Wesleyan 000 000 – 0

Fairmont State                  030 005 – 8

E – West Virginia Wesleyan 2, Fairmont State 0. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 7, Fairmont State 4. 2B – Ammons. HR – Chastain. Sac. – Smith, Cosgrove, Schlosser.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 3 0 1 0; Grace Smith 2b, 2 0 0 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 3 0 2 0; Lauryn King cf, 2 0 0 0; Kiley Turner c, 2 0 1 0; Maya Reyes pr, 0 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne rf, 2 0 0 0; Bella Posey dp, 2 0 0 0; Taylor Swartz ph, 1 0 0 0; Grace Hightower lf, 2 0 0 0; Molly Osborne 3b, 2 0 0 0; Hannah Hudson p, 0 0 0 0; Paige Maltby p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 21 0 4 0.

Fairmont State – Haley McDaniel rf, 4 0 1 0; Emily Riggs 3b, 2 1 0 0; Kadi Cosgrove 2b, 2 0 0 0; Andie Baughman dp, 3 1 1 0; Abbey Ammons 1b, 2 2 1 1; Cierra Chastain p, 3 2 2 3; Brooke Schmitt pr, 0 0 0 0; Carlie Schlosser c, 2 0 1 0; Courtney Moyer ss, 3 1 0 1; Hannah Workman lf, 3 1 0 1; Jessie Weaver cf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 24 8 6 6.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – Hudson (L, 4-3): 5 2/3 innings, 6 hits, 8 runs, 8 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts, 3 wild pitches, 1 hit batsman (Ammons); Matlby: pitched to two batters, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, 1 wild pitch.

Fairmont State – Chastain (W, 7-2): 6 innings, 4 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts.

(GAME 2)

West Virginia Wesleyan 000 100 0 – 1

Fairmont State              051 100 x – 7

E – West Virginia Wesleyan 2, Fairmont State 0. DP – None. LoB – West Virginia Wesleyan 6, Fairmont State 8. 2B – Anderson, Riggs, Cosgrove, Schweitzer. Sac. – Hightower. SB – Posey.

Hitting

West Virginia Wesleyan – Brooke Clark ss, 3 0 0 0; Kaitlyn Rizor ph, 1 0 0 0; Grace Smith 2b, 3 0 1 0; Kennedy Cowart 1b, 2 1 1 0; Lauryn King cf, 2 0 0 0; Kiley Turner dp, 3 0 0 0; Kelley Bourne rf, 3 0 1 0; Bella Posey c, 2 0 1 1; Shelby Kennedy ph, 1 0 0 0; Grace Hightower lf, 1 0 0 0; Lauren Niglio ph, 1 0 0 0; Molly Osborne 3b, 2 0 1 0; Taylor Swartz ph, 1 0 1 0; Abigail O’Shields p, 0 0 0 0; Paige Maltby p, 0 0 0 0. Totals 25 1 6 1.

Fairmont State – Meadow Anderson 2b, 3 1 1 2; Mackenzie Maddy ph-2b, 1 0 0 0; Emily Riggs 3b, 1 1 1 2; Ashlyn Spears 3b, 1 0 0 0; Kadi Cosgrove p, 4 0 1 0; Andie Baughman c, 3 0 1 0; Brianna McKenzie ph, 1 0 0 0; Molly Schweitzer dp, 4 1 2 1; Brooke Schmitt pr, 0 1 0 0; Hannah Tolle 1b, 4 1 0 0; Carlie Schlosser lf, 3 1 1 0; Courtney Moyer ss, 2 1 1 2; Haley McDaniel rf, 3 0 2 0; Jessie Weaver cf, 0 0 0 0. Totals 30 7 10 7.

Pitching

West Virginia Wesleyan – O’Shields (L, 4-4): 4 innings, 7 hits, 7 runs, 2 earned runs, 3 walks, 4 strikeouts; Maltby: 2 inning, 3 hits, 0 runs, 0 earned runs, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts.

Fairmont State – Cosgrove (W, 3-3): 7 innings, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 earned runs, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts.

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