BUCKHANNON – Hunter Rotarius was dealing in the regular-season finale for the West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats in game two of a Mountain East Conference doubleheader with the Glenville State Pioneers today at Hank Ellis Field.
The sophomore righthander pitched seven shutout innings allowing just two hits and took a no-hitter into the sixth inning as the 'Cats defeated the Pioneers by a 7-0 score on "Senior Day."
Rotarius improved his record to 4-3 as he walked two and struck out six.
Junior closer Chris Metrick kept the shutout intact as he pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth innings.
A couple of miscues by Glenville State opened the door for Wesleyan to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning.
The Bobcats made it a 5-0 game in the bottom of the fifth.
Ryan Kiser knocked home Smith on a fielder's choice and Forbrick hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Koon.
Forbrick scored in the bottom of the seventh on an error when a ball hit by Dillon Wagman was misplayed by the Pioneer first baseman.
Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the eighth when Forbrick singled home Koon.
The Bobcats had 12 hits in the contest with Koon and Forbrick each getting three apiece.
The win was big for Wesleyan as it ended a four-game losing streak as the Bobcats dropped a 7-3 decision in game one.
Wesleyan scored first in game one when Rotarius singled home Dominic Castello.
Glenville State scored a run in the top of the third and then erupted for six runs in the top of the fifth for a 7-1 advantage.
Castello singled home Forbrick in the bottom of the sixth inning and Kiser singled home Koon in the bottom of the seventh to wrap up the scoring.
Jake Bishop (3-6) started the game and went 4 1/3 innings allowing six runs on seven hits.
The split left Wesleyan with an 18-14 record in the MEC and 21-28 overall.
Concord won the MEC South Division Title after splitting a doubleheader today with UVa.-Wise. Concord ended the season with a 19-13 record in the league and a 26-23 ledger overall.
Wesleyan will have to wait for the conclusion of the West Virginia State-Charleston doubleheader on Monday to find out where they finish in the MEC South. Charleston will enter the doubleheader with a 17-13 league mark.
The MEC Tournament will get underway Thursday, May 11 at Epling Stadium in Beckley.