Baseball 'Cats Split Doubleheader With Wheeling Jesuit

Baseball 'Cats Split Doubleheader With Wheeling Jesuit

WHEELING – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team earned a split with Wheeling Jesuit in a Mountain East Conference doubleheader Saturday afternoon.

The Bobcats earned a 2-1 victory in game one but dropped a 7-6 contest in the second outing.

The split left the Bobcats with an 8-13 record overall and a 1-7 mark in the MEC.

In the opener, Wheeling Jesuit scored a run in the top of the first, but Wesleyan pitcher Hunter Rotarius settled in and kept the Cardinals off the board for the next five innings.

Tre Kerns tied the game for Wesleyan when he launched a ball over the left field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Wesleyan pushed across the game winner in the top of the seventh when Dominic Castello hit a sacrifice fly that scored Antonio Vega.

Wesleyan managed just four hits in the win with Greg Smith, John Koon, Kerns and Vega each getting one.

Rotarius improved his record to 2-1 as he went six innings and allowed just one run on six hits while striking out two.

Chris Metrick earned his second save of the season as he pitched a scoreless seventh inning.

In the second game, Koon hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the first to stake Wesleyan to an early 1-0 lead.

Wheeling Jesuit scored one in the bottom of the first and two more in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 advantage.

Wesleyan answered with a pair of runs in the top of the third as Corey Lynn had a one-run single and Vega had a one-run single to deadlock the game at 3-3.

Wheeling Jesuit had a three-run fifth inning to reclaim the lead at 6-3.

Kerns hit his second home run of the day as he took a ball over the left field fence in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 6-4 contest.

Wheeling Jesuit increased their lead to 7-4 with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Koon scored on a Wheeling Jesuit error and James Fraser scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seven for Wesleyan to wrap up the scoring.

Wesleyan collected 11 hits in the contest with Fraser, Vega and Alex Skinner each getting two apiece.

Brandon Stratton started the game for the Bobcats and suffered the loss.

He went 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on 10 hits.

Wesleyan will return to action this Tuesday for a one nine-inning non-conference contest with Ohio Valley.

First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.