SHEPHERDSTOWN – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team earned a huge split today on the road against the Shepherd University Rams in Mountain East Conference action.
The 'Cats lost game one by a 7-4 score but rebounded to knock off Shepherd in game two by an 8-2 score.
Shepherd was the favorite to win the MEC North Division in the preseason poll and today's loss was their first in conference play this year.
In game one, Shepherd scored two runs in the bottom of the second and then four more in the bottom of the third for a 6-0 lead.
Brandon Kirk hit a solo home run for Shepherd in the bottom of the sixth to make it a 7-1 game.
Wesleyan rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh but it was enough to overcome the six-run deficit.
Travis Renner hit a two-run double to left field and then later scored on a Shepherd error.
Wesleyan had nine hits in game one with James Fraser and Castello each getting two apiece.
In game two, Wesleyan scored three runs in the top of the third and never looked back.
Wesleyan tacked on three more runs in the top of the fourth.
Alex Skinner hit a one-run single, Fraser hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run and Koon hit another sacrifice fly that sent Skinner home.
That treated Wesleyan to a 6-0 lead.
Wyatt Adkins hit a solo home run in the top of the fifth to increase the Bobcat advantage to 7-0.
A solo home run for Shepherd put them on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh and they scored one more in the bottom of the eighth to close the gap to 7-2.
Koon hit a solo home run for Wesleyan in the top of the ninth to wrap up the scoring.
Wesleyan outhit Shepherd in game two by a 12-4 margin.
Keene, Adkins, Skinner each had two hits in the victory.
Rotarius improved his record to 1-2.
He pitched 7 1/3 innings and allowed just two earned runs on three hits while walking three.
Griffin Roe pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The split left Wesleyan with a 5-3 MEC record and a 6-14 overall ledger.
They will return to action on the road Wednesday when they visit Salem International for a non-conference doubleheader.
First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Nutter Fort City Park.