Baseball 'Cats Pick Up 2-1 Victory Over Salem International

Baseball 'Cats Pick Up 2-1 Victory Over Salem International

BUCKHANNON – Mother Nature allowed the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats to get in one of their two non-conference scheduled games with Salem International today at Hank Ellis Field.

It wasn't pretty as the Bobcats mustered just three hits, but they pulled out a 2-1 victory in a seven-inning contest.

The win improved Brett Ripley's squad to 23-20 on the season.

The 'Cats grabbed a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when John Koon singled home Nick Jones (pictured) after Jones drew a lead-off walk and went to second on a sacrifice bunt by James Fraser.

Salem International tied the game with a run in the bottom of the second.

Wesleyan scored the game winner in the bottom of the fifth.

Jones started the inning with a single to right field, stole second base and then went to third on a wild pitch.

Jones then gave way to pinch runner Alex Skinner who scored on a passed ball for Wesleyan's second run.

Getting the three hits for Wesleyan were Jones, Koon and Greg Smith.

Jake Bishop pitched a strong five innings to record the win.

He threw five innings and allowed just one earned run on seven hits while fanning three.

Dillon Isom threw a scoreless sixth inning while Chris Metrick earned another save tossing a scoreless seventh inning.

The Bobcats will wrap up their regular season this weekend.

They will host Glenville State this Saturday with the first pitch slated for 3 p.m. and then visit Glenville State on Sunday with the first game starting at 1 p.m.

With every MEC team having four conference games remaining, West Virginia State has wrapped up the MEC South Division title.

Glenville State is in second with a 16-12 MEC record, Concord is in third with a 15-13 conference record and Wesleyan is fourth with a 14-14 league mark. If Wesleyan can take three of four from Glenville State, they will be assured a play-off spot regardless of any Concord results.

The MEC will take the top three teams from the South Division to the conference tournament which begins next weekend.

 

(Photo courtesy of Leah Ripley)