'Cats Earns First Win With 13-6 Victory Over Chestnut Hill

'Cats Earns First Win With 13-6 Victory Over Chestnut Hill

FORT PIERCE, Fla. – The wait for their first win is now over as the West Virginia Wesleyan split a pair of games on Friday on their spring break tour of Florida.

Wesleyan dropped their first game of the day by a 9-0 score to Northwood University, but rebounded for their first win of the season with a convincing 13-5 victory over Chestnut Hill College.

The win ended an eight-game slide to start the season for the Bobcats.

They now stand at 1-8 as they head into their final day of action in Florida.

Against Northwood, Wesleyan collected 11 hits but was never able to push across a run.

Hunter Rotarius, Antonio Vega and Ryan Kiser each had two hits.

Alex Wall suffered the setback on the mound as he started the game and went 6 1/3 innings.

He gave up five earned runs on five hits while fanning two.

In a wild first inning against Chestnut Hill, the two teams combined for 11 runs as Wesleyan owned a 6-5 lead.

Eric Forbrick had the big hit for Wesleyan with a two-run double.

Wesleyan used a Chestnut Hill error to increase their lead to 7-5 in the top of the third and then made it 8-5 in the top of the fifth on a one-run single by Austin Keene.

Chesnut Hill made it an 8-6 game with a single run in the bottom of the fifth.

Wesleyan put the game away with a five-run outburst in the top of the eighth inning.

Forbrick again had the big hit with a two-run triple.

Wesleyan banged out 12 hits in the win.

Forbrick had three hits and knocked in four runs to pace the offense.

Keene and Travis Renner each had two hits.

Griffin Roe picked up the win throwing 4 2/3 innings of relief.

He didn't allow an earned run while giving up three hits and striking out eight.

Wesleyan will wrap up their spring break tour on Saturday with a twin bill against Chestnut Hill.

The first game is slated for 9:30 a.m.