Lady 'Cats Advance to Atlantic 1 Regional Tournament Final

Lady 'Cats Advance to Atlantic 1 Regional Tournament Final

BUCKHANNON – The 12th-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan softball team advanced to the NCAA Division II Atlantic 1 Regional Championship after defeating Winston-Salem State and California (Pa.) today at Culpepper Field.

Wesleyan, the top seed in the Atlantic Region, downed the eighth-seed Winston-Salem State Rams by a 3-0 score in their opener and then they defeated regional rival and the fifth-seeded California (Pa.) Vulcans by a 6-1 score in the winner's bracket finals.

The two triumphs gave head coach Steve Warner and his team a new school record of 52 wins.

The Lady 'Cats are now 52-8 on the season.

Hannah Vet pitched complete games in both outings.

In game one, Vet improved her record to 23-3 as she threw the shutout and allowed just four hits while fanning five.

Rebekah Honce hit into a ground out that scored Anna Eggleston in the bottom of the third inning to give Wesleyan a 1-0 lead over Winston-Salem State.

Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Honce hit a single to right field that scored Brooklyn Waddell and Olivia Gore doubled home Honce to make it a 3-0 game.

Wesleyan tallied eight hits with Eggleston and Morgan Bruce (pictured) each getting two apiece.

In their winner's bracket game with California (Pa.), the Vulcans scored their only run of the game in the top of the first inning.

Their lead wouldn't last long as Wesleyan scored three times in the bottom of the second.

Bruce hit a two run-single that scored Gore and Honce.

Jessica Rodriguez came off the bench to pinch hit and slapped a single to right field that scored Sara Scoone.

That made it a 3-1 contest.

Wesleyan put the game away with a three-run bottom of the sixth inning.

Scoone hit a one-out single, advanced on a single to left field by Morgan Bruce and came all the way around to score when the ball was misplayed.

Pinch runner Taylor Barnett scored on a single by Waddell for the fifth run.

Waddell stole second which allowed Tori Pogue, who singled earlier in the inning, to score on a delayed steal of home for the final run.

Wesleyan had 10 hits in the victory with Bruce leading the way with two.

Vet (24-3) allowed one unearned run on four hits.

In other games played today, California (Pa.) beat Bloomsburg in the opener by a 3-1 score and then Bloomsburg eliminated Winston-Salem State from the double elimination tournament with a 6-0 victory.

Bloomsburg and California (Pa.) will meet again in an elimination game at 10 a.m.

The winner will play Wesleyan at 12:30 p.m.

If Wesleyan would drop that contest, the 'if' game would be played at 3 p.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)