WVWC baseball gets swept in doubleheader against FSU

Junior Devin Johnson, First Baseman. PHOTO COURTESY OF WVWC ATHLETICS

MORGANTOWN — The West Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team (0-15, 0-4) dropped both games of their scheduled double-header with the Fairmont State Fighting Falcons (9-9, 4-0) at Mylan Park this past Sunday, March 20. 

The first game was a forgettable one for the Bobcats, as Fairmont State’s offense exploded for 19 runs in just five innings. In the sixth inning, Devin Johnson’s bat delivered a two-RBI single to bring home David Sanders, finally getting the Bobcats on the board. Geovani Sostre collected an RBI after grounding into a fielder’s choice to bring home Sam Ingram for a score in the sixth. While, both Johnson and Jaylon Robinson each laced two hits apiece in the first game, the Fighting Falcons early offensive explosion fueled them to victory in game one, by a final score of 19-3.

Things got off to a much better start for the Bobcats in game two, as WVWC put a four spot in the top of the first inning. Martin Radosevic deposited a baseball into left field for a two-RBI base hit that scored Ingram and Sostre. Johnson crossed home plate after a fielding error by Fairmont State. Radosevic tallied the fourth run of the inning after taking home on a wild pitch to give WVWC a four-run cushion.

Fairmont State would score 11 unanswered runs to jump out to an 11-4 lead. The Bobcats responded with a three-run fifth inning, capped off with a score as Dylan Poplin hit a double that brought home both Thatxher Poteat and Leo White. The Fighting Falcons tacked on two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to extend their advantage to 15-7. The Bobcats rallied to score a pair of runs in the seventh inning, highlighted by a Sostre RBI single. However, WVWC’s rally fell short as Fairmont State completed the sweep, winning game two by a final score of 15-9.

Offensively, Sostre led the Bobcats, picking up multiple hits in game two. Radosevic was also a solid contributor for the Bobcats, reaching base four times, while Johnson was close behind, getting on the on baee three times. Johnson was a consistent threat for WVWC in both games against FSU, reaching base a total of five times over the day’s two games. 

Up next, the WVWC baseball will look to shake off a tough start to the 2022 season, as they play their home opener this coming Saturday, March 26 at Hank Ellis Field against Wheeling. The first game of the WVWC-Wheeling doubleheader is slated to start at 1 p.m.

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