Baseball 'Cats Drop 4-3 Decision to Notre Dame College

Baseball 'Cats Drop 4-3 Decision to Notre Dame College

BUCKHANNON – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team suffered a tough loss today at the hands of Notre Dame College in Mountain East Conference action at Hank Ellis Field. 

Wesleyan had a chance to tie Concord for the MEC Southern Division lead today but dropped a 4-3 decision to Notre Dame.

The game was a make-up contest that was orginally scheduled for Notre Dame this past Saturday. Because it was technically a home game for Notre Dame, they were the home team on the scoreboard.

Notre Dame scored first in the bottom of the second on a solo home run by Nate Rearnick.

The Falcons pushed across three more runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-0 lead.

Wesleyan made a game of it in the final two innings.

They finally broke through in the top of the eighth inning with a run.

Alex Skinner and Hunter Rotarius started the inning with a pair of singles and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.

James Fraser hit a grounder to the shortstop that allowed Skinner to score.

That made it a 4-1 contest.

In the top of the ninth inning, Dominic Castello reached second base on an error and then scored on a double to left field by Austin Keene.

Following a fly out, Antonio Vega singled to center to bring home Keene and make it a 4-3 game.

With two outs, Rotarius kept the inning going with a single that moved Vega to second base, but Wesleyan couldn't push across the game-tying run.

The Bobcats outhit Notre Dame by a 9-8 margin.

Rotarius, Keene, Vega and Skinner each collected two hits apiece.

Griffin Roe (1-3) absorbed the loss. He started the game and allowed four earned runs on five hits while walking one.

Dillon Isom pitched five scoreless innings of relief as he allowed just three hits and fanned six.

The win improved Notre Dame to 3-9 in the league and 6-20 overall.

Wesleyan dropped to 7-5 in the league and 9-17 overall.

Concord is currently 8-4 in the South Division.

Wesleyan will return to action this Saturday when they host the University of Charleston in a league doubleheader.

First pitch is set for 1 p.m.