BUCKHANNON – Old rivals reunited today at Culpepper Field as the West Virginia Wesleyan softball team took on the University of Charleston Golden Eagles in a Mountain East Conference doubleheader.
Both teams entered today's action atop of the MEC South Division standings with identical 13-3 records.
They remained tied after the two games as the two teams split the twin bill.
Wesleyan lost game one by a 3-1 score but bounced back to take game two by a 5-0 score.
In game one, it was all about missed opportunities for the Lady Bobcats. They left the bases loaded on three different occasions and stranded 10 runners overall.
Game one also featured two of the top pitchers in the Atlantic Region – Wesleyan's Hannah Vet (pictured) and Charleston's Alli Burdette.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning when Wesleyan scored their lone run.
Charleston tied it in the top of the fifth on a pinch-hit one-run double by Hannah Kowach.
Charleston pushed across the two go-ahead runs in the top of the sixth on a pair of one-run doubles by Monica Carter and Laura Ashlock.
Wesleyan left the bases loaded in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings.
Wesleyan managed just five hits in the contest with Morgan Bruce having the lone multi-hit game with two.
Vet pitched well but suffered the loss as her record dropped to 13-2.
She went the distance and gave up just one earned run on eight hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out four.
Game two was controlled by Wesleyan's Sayaka Foley.
She twirled a complete-game shutout allowing just four hits and striking out six.
A Charleston error and a one-run single by Krista Waggoner allowed Wesleyan to increase their lead to 3-0 in the bottom of the third.
Wesleyan capitalized on two Charleston errors in the bottom of the sixth inning to add two insurance runs.
Wesleyan outhit Charleston by a 10-4 margin in game two.
Sara Scoone led the offense with three hits while Gore and Waddell each had two.
The split left Charleston with a 26-11 mark overall and a 14-4 league mark.
Wesleyan is now 26-6 overall and also 14-14 in the league.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action this Friday when they host West Liberty in a MEC doubleheader starting at noon.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)