Baseball 'Cats Earn a Split With Salem Inernational

Baseball 'Cats Earn a Split With Salem Inernational

SALEM – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with the Salem International Tigers today at the Nutter Fort Park.

Wesleyan took game one by a 3-1 score, but dropped the nightcap by a 3-2 margin.

In game one, John Koon hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Hunter Rotarius to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Salem tied the game with a sacrifice fly in their half of the first inning.

Wesleyan scored their two go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Eric Forbrick started the inning by reaching second on a fielding error by Salem International.

Ryan Kiser singled through the right side of the field to score Forbrick. Kiser later scored on a single to right field by Rotarius.

Wesleyan out hit Salem International in the contest by an 8-5 margin.

Kiser and Austin Keene paced the offense with three hits apiece.

Ryan Reicoff (1-0) earned the win pitching two innings of scoreless relief.

Chris Metrick earned his third save of the season. He loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh but worked his way out of the frame without giving up a run.

In game two, Salem International scored twice in the bottom of the first to grab a 2-0 lead.

Wesleyan scored their lone run in the top of the third when Koon scored on a throwing error on a fielder's choice hit by Forbrick.

Salem International scored an unearned run in the bottom of the third to take a 3-1 lead.

Travis Renner blasted a solo home run over the left field fence for Wesleyan in the top of the sixth inning to wrap up the scoring.

Wesleyan had six hits in the contest with Greg Smith leading the way with three hits.

Griffin Roe suffered the loss, dropping his record to 1-2. He started the game and went two innings allowing two earned runs on two hits while striking out three.

The split left the Bobcats with a 7-15 record overall.

They will return to action this Friday when they travel to South Euclid to play Notre Dame College in a league doubleheader.

First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.