CHARLESTON – With just six games remaining in the regular season, the 10th-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcat softball took a huge step today in claiming the Mountain East Conference South Division title after earning a doubleheader sweep over the University of Charleston Golden Eagles.
Wesleyan won game on by a 3-1 margin and then held on for the sweep taking game two by a 2-1 count.
Charleston entered today's action one game behind Wesleyan in the MEC South standings, but ended the day a full three games back of the Lady Bobcats.
Wesleyan is 22-4 now in the league (36-6 overall) while Charleston is now 19-7 in the conference (31-14 overall).
The first game was scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Charleston scored an unearned run.
Wesleyan took their first lead in the top of the sixth.
That gave Wesleyan a 2-1 lead.
Wesleyan tacked on an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Pogue scored on an error on a ball hit by Gore.
The Lady Bobcats had eight hits in the contest with Pogue, Gore and Sara Scoone each getting two.
Sayaka Foley earned the win to improve her record to 14-3.
She went all seven innings and gave up one unearned run on five hits while walking just one and fanning one.
Charleston tied the game in the bottom of the second with a run.
Wesleyan scored the game-winner in the top of the fifth when Brooklyn Waddell doubled home Pogue.
The Lady Bobcats collected six hits with Bruce going a perfect 2-for-2 at the plate.
Hannah Vet had another strong outing in the circle as she went the distance to improve her record to 17-2.
She allowed one earned run one four hits while not walking a batter while and striking out four.
The Lady Bobcats will return to action Wednesday when they visit Glenville State in a league doubleheader.
First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.