TROUTVILLE (Va.) – The West Virginia Wesleyan softball team advanced to the winner's bracket finals after day one of the Mountain East Conference Tournament with a pair of shutout victories here Friday evening.
The Lady Bobcats made short work of Fairmont State in five innings with an 8-0 victory.
In game two, they beat UVa.-Wise by a 3-0 score.
Hannah Vet (pictured) pitched both games and tossed 12 innings of scoreless softball.
In game one, Vet was in complete control of the Lady Falcons as she allowed three hits while striking out two.
She upped her record to 19-3.
Wesleyan scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Wesleyan added to their lead with a three-run second inning.
Gore scored on a ground out by Carly Gregory in the bottom of the third to up the Lady Bobcat advantage to 6-0.
Eggleston made it a 7-0 Wesleyan lead in the bottom of the fourth when she singled home Pogue.
Wesleyan ended the game on the mercy rule in the bottom of the fifth when Gregory scored on single by Pogue.
Wesleyan collected 11 hits with Pogue, Eggleston, Gore and Ashley Hurey each getting two apiece.
In game two, Wesleyan scored all three of their runs in the bottom of the third inning.
Hurey started the scoring when she drew a walk, went to second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a bunt single by Pogue and scored on another wild pitch.
Pogue scored following a sacrifice bunt by Eggleston for the second run.
The third run came on a sacrifice fly by Krista Waggoner that sent home Waddell.
Wesleyan mustered just three hits but it was enough to get the win.
Picking up the three singles were Waddell, Pogue and Waggoner.
Vet allowed just two hits and struck out three as she improved her record to 20-3.
The two wins improved Wesleyan's record to 47-7.
They will now play the University of Charleston in the winner's bracket finals of the double elimination tournament Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The game could have huge ramifications on the regional rankings as Charlesoton is curretnly second and Wesleyan is third. Charleston swept Wesleyan both times this season when they met.
The winner of the contest will advance to the championship game which will be played Sunday while the loser will fall into the loser's bracket and play at 5 p.m. in an elimination game.
(Photo courtesy of the MEC)