WISE, Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan softball team hiked their winning streak to eight games with a 4-1 victory over UVa.-Wise today in the first game of a doubleheader in Mountain East Conference action.
Unfortunately for the Lady 'Cats, they couldn't hold on to a 4-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning and wound up dropping a 6-4 decision to UVa.-Wise in game two.
The split left head coach Steve Warner and his Lady 'Cats with a 17-3 record overall and a 5-1 mark in the MEC.
Wesleyan had to make the long drive to Wise to play the doubleheader this afternoon following a doubleheader against Fairmont State in Buckhannon Thursday evening.
In game one, the contest was scoreless until the top of the fourth when Wesleyan scored twice.
Jessica Rodriguez (pictured) walked to load the bases.
Wesleyan made it a 3-0 contest in the top of the fifth when Morgan Bruce put down a sacrifice bunt that scored Pogue.
The Lady 'Cats added their final run in the top of the seventh when Gore hit a sacrifice fly that scored Taylor Barnett.
UVa.-Wise scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh.
Wesleyan had six hits in the contest with Barnett leading the way with two hits.
Hannah Vet improved her record to 8-0 as she pitched all seven innings.
She gave up six hits and one walk.
In game two, Samantha Ely hit a solo home run for UVa.-Wise in the bottom of the second inning to treat the Cavaliers to a 1-0 lead.
Wesleyan tied the game in the top of the fourth when Rodriguez singled home Bruce.
The Lady 'Cats took their first lead in the top of the sixth inning with three runs.
Bruce had a one-run single, Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly that scored a run and Bible had a one-run single.
That gave Wesleyan a 4-1 lead.
Things fell apart for Wesleyan in the bottom of the seventh as UVa.-Wise scored five runs to steal the victory.
The game ended on a three-run walk-off pinch hit home run by Bridget Henzel.
Wesleyan outhit UVa.-Wise by a 7-5 margin.
Bruce led the offense with two hits.
Sayaka Foley suffered the loss as her record dropped to 5-2.
She allowed five earned runs on five hits and struck out five in six innings of work.
Wesleyan will play their fifth and sixth games in three days as they travel to Athens for a doubleheader with the Concord Mt. Lions tomorrow.
First pitch is set for 1 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of James Foley)