BUCKHANNON – They weren't the prettiest of wins but head coach Steve Warner and his 12th-ranked Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats will take them as they swept a pair of Mountain East Conference games from last-place West Liberty today at Culpepper Field.
Wesleyan won game one by a 5-3 score and came back to the take the second outing by an 8-4 score.
The Lady 'Cats mustered just five hits in the opening contest but rode the right arm of starting pitcher Sayaka Foley.
Foley pitched a complete game and allowed just two earned runs on six hits while not walking a batter and striking out eight.
She improved her record to 10-3.
West Liberty scored an unearned run in the second and two more in the third to grab a 3-1 lead.
Wesleyan recaptured the lead in the bottom of the fifth with three runs.
That gave Wesleyan a 5-3 lead as Foley closed the door on West Liberty in the final two innings.
Gore, Scoone, Rodriguez, Brooklyn Waddell and Waggoner each had a hit in the victory.
In game two, Wesleyan took control of the contest early on.
Morgan Bruce singled home Gore in the bottom of the first to stake the Lady Bobcats to a 1-0 advantage.
Wesleyan pushed across three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Pogue had a one-run single, Gore hit a one-run single and Scoone hit a one-run single to account for the scoring.
That gave Wesleyan a 4-0 lead.
West Liberty scored a pair of runs in the top of third to make it a 4-2 game.
Wesleyan countered with three more runs in the bottom of the third.
The three runs upped Wesleyan's lead to 7-2
A two-run double for West Liberty in the top of fifth cut into the Lady 'Cat advantage as they held a 7-4 lead.
Wesleyan wrapped up the scoring in the bottom of the fifth when Scoone drew a bases-loaded walk.
After managing just five hits in game one, Wesleyan blasted 13 hits in game two.
Pogue and Gore led the offense with three hits while Bible had two.
Freshman Kayla Marburger tossed all seven innings as she improved her record to 2-1.
She allowed three earned runs on five hits, walked two and struck out four.
The two wins improved Wesleyan to 28-6 overall and 16-4 in the MEC.
They will return to action Saturday as they host Wheeling Jesuit in a MEC doubleheader.
First pitch is set for 11 a.m.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)