Baseball 'Cats Hike Winning Streak to Seven

Baseball 'Cats Hike Winning Streak to Seven

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team hiked their winning streak to seven games as they took another Mountain East Conference doubleheader from the University of Charleston Golden Eagles today at Power Park.

The 'Cats took game one by a 10-5 score and took the nightcap by a 7-2 score.

The pair of wins improve Brett Ripley's squad to 16-14 overall and 8-8 in the MEC South Division. They are now just one game back of third place Glenville State for the final play-off spot.

In game one, Wesleyan grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when James Fraser scored on a Charleston error.

The Golden Eagles scored two unearned in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead.

Nick Jones singled home Antonio Vega in the top of the second as the 'Cats tied the game at 2-2.

Wesleyan took the lead for good in the top of the third when Michael Logsdon tripled home John Koon and Corey Lynn singled home Logsdon as the 'Cats took a 4-2 lead.

Charleston got a run back in the bottom of the third, but Wesleyan answered with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth when Koon and Logsdon each had an RBI double to increase their lead to 6-3.

Charleston made it a 6-5 game with two run in the bottom of the fifth but Wesleyan countered with three runs of their own in the top of the sixth.

Logsdon hit a one-run double, Lynn hit a sacrifice fly that scored Logsdon and Tre Kerns scored on a passed ball.

That treated Wesleyan to a 9-5 advantage.

Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring in the top of the seventh when Koon hit a sacrifice fly that scored Jones.

Wesleyan smacked out 16 hits with Fraser getting four and Koon and Logsdon each getting three.

Hunter Rotarius (3-1) pitched a complete game. He gave up just two earned runs on four hits and struck out four.

In game two, Wesleyan wasted little time in taking control of the game as they scored five run in the top of the first inning.

Logsdon had a one-run single, Lynn had a one-run double, Lynn and Logsdon both scored on an error and Ryan Rado had a one-run single.

Kerns tripled home Logsdon in the top of the second to give Wesleyan a 6-0 lead.

Nick Bader singled home Kerns in the top of the seventh to increase the Wesleyan lead to 7-0.

Charleston avoided the shutout with two runs in the bottom of the seventh.

Wesleyan had 14 hits as Jones, Fraser, Logsdon, Bader and Greg Smith each had two.

Brandon Stratton (2-3) started the game and went six innings earning the win. He didn't allow a run while giving up five hits and fanning two.

Wesleyan will be off until Saturday when they host Concord in a league doubleheader at Hank Ellis Field.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m.