Baseball 'Cats End Year With Split Against Glenville State

Baseball 'Cats End Year With Split Against Glenville State

GLENVILLE – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team's hopes of a Mountain East Conference tournament bid will have to be put on hold until next year after earning a split with Glenville State today at the Sue Morris Complex.

In a wild game one, Wesleyan dropped a 9-7 decision but rebounded to win their season-finale by a 4-2 score.

Wesleyan had to win both games to clinch a berth in the MEC Tournament as the conference takes the top three teams in each division. Wesleyan ended the year two games behind second-place Glenville State and just one game behind third place Concord in the conference standings.

Wesleyan ended their season with a 25-22 record overall and a 16-16 league mark.

Game one started out well enough for Wesleyan as Corey Lynn hit a two-run single in the top of the first to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.

A two-run home run by Glenville State's Zach Sanford tied the game in the bottom of the first at 2-2.

Glenville State erupted for a five-run second inning as they grabbed a 7-2 advantage.

The Pioneers added another run in the bottom of the third to increase their lead to 8-2.

Wesleyan didn't go down without a fight as they scored five runs and hit three home in the bottom of the fourth.

Dominic Castello hit a two-run blast that scored Nick Bader, Alex Skinner crushed a solo home run and Michael Logsdon hit a two-run shot that scored John Koon.

That brought the 'Cats to within one, at 8-7.

Glenville State though used the long ball as well as Lance Gilbert hit a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth to make it a 9-7 game.

Wesleyan put runners in scoring position in the fifth and sixth innings but couldn't chase home another run.

Wesleyan had 12 hits in the contest with Logsdon leading the way with three.

Hunter Rotarius started the game and suffered the loss for the Bobcats.

With game two now meaningless in regards to a play-off berth, head coach Brett Ripley emptied his bench as 21 players saw action in the second game.

Logsdon, a senior playing his last game, made sure he and his Bobcats finished as winners.

He had a solo home run in the top of the second and then added a two-run home run in the top of the fourth inning,

Lynn also added a solo home run in the fourth as Wesleyan took a 4-0 lead.

Glenville State avoided the shutout with a Randy Baugher solo home run in the bottom of the seventh.

Baugher had an RBI single for the Pioneers in the bottom of the ninth but it wasn't enough to pull Glenville State ahead of Wesleyan.

Koon and Logsdon each had two hits for Wesleyan.

Brandon Stratton (3-5) pitched 7 2/3 innings of solid ball to earn the win.

He gave up just on earned run on five hits and fanned 14.

Tre Kerns picked up the save tossing the ninth inning.

MEC South Division Final Standings

Team                Overall      MEC          %

W.Va. State 29-13       24-8        0.750
Glenville State 19-30 18-14 0.563
Concord 23-25 17-15 0.531
W.Va. Wesleyan 25-22 16-16 0.500
Charleston 16-33 10-22 0.313
UVa-Wise 19-31 9-23 0.281