'Cats Split Baseball Doubleheader with State

'Cats Split Baseball Doubleheader with State

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team split a key doubleheader with West Virginia State here Sunday afternoon in Mountain East Conference action.

The 'Cats dropped game one by a 6-3 score but rebounded to take game two by a 7-5 score.

The game one loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Bobcats.

The split left the Bobcats of head coach Randy Tenney with a 12-9 record overall and an 11-9 MEC ledger.

State opened the scoring in the first game with a pair of runs in the top of the first inning.

Logan Moneypenny singled home Corey Lynn (pictured) in the bottom of the first to make it a 2-1 contest.

State scored a run in the top of the second, but Wesleyan matched that in the bottom of the third when Moneypenny hit a sacrifice fly that scored Nick Jones to make it a 3-2 game.

Wesleyan deadlocked the game at 3-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Tre Kerns sent home Ryan Rado on a sacrifice fly.

State won the game in the top of the seventh when they scored three runs.

Wesleyan collected eight hits in the contest with Lynn and Michael Logsdon each getting two apiece.

Chris Denno (1-2) suffered the loss for Wesleyan.

He started the game and went 6 1/3 innings and allowed four earned runs on nine hits while fanning one.

In game two, Wesleyan struck first when Riley Metz singled home Moneypenny in the bottom of the second.

State scored twice in the top of the fourth but Wesleyan matched those two runs in their half of the inning.

James Fraser singled home Logsdon and Metz hit into a double play that allowed Moneypenny to score. That treated Wesleyan to a 3-2 lead.

State retook the lead with a three-run sixth inning for a 5-3 advantage.

Wesleyan managed to rally for four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on only one hit.

They took advantage of two huge State errors, a hit batsman and a walk.

Jones had the lone hit of the inning, a two-run triple to left field.

Wesleyan had eight hits in the victory with Jones and Logsdon each getting two apiece.

Chris Metrick picked up the win in a relief role. He tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.

James Gainer started the game for Wesleyan and gave up four runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Wesleyan and State will wrap up their four-game series Monday at 1 p.m.