BUCKHANNON – The eighth-ranked West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats made it official today as they are the 2017 Mountain East Conference South Division Champions after a doubleheader sweep over the Concord Mt. Lions at Culpepper Field.
Wesleyan won game one by a 2-0 score and took the nightcap by a 10-2 score in five inning of action as they wrapped up their regular season today.
The two victories upped their winning streak to 15 games as they are now 40-6 overall and 26-4 in the MEC.
In game one, Wesleyan struggled to get their offense going with just three hits, but they were issued five free passes by the Concord pitching staff.
Collecting the three hits for Wesleyan were Rodriguez, Barnett and Krista Waggoner.
Hannah Vet was in complete control of the game in the circle for the Lady 'Cats.
She tossed her ninth shutout of the season as she improved her record to 19-2.
She allowed just three hits while striking out three.
In game two, Wesleyan got their offense rolling with nine hits in the five-inning contest.
Wesleyan used a six-run second inning to take control of the game.
All the scoring occurred with two outs.
Waggoner scored on an error, Brooklyn Waddell hit two-run single and Gore had the big hit, a three-run home run that capped off the inning.
The Lady 'Cats made it a 9-0 game in the bottom of the fourth with a trio of runs.
Concord scored a pair of runs in the top of the fifth to make it a 9-2 game.
Gore had the walk-off hit in the bottom of the fifth when she singled home Tori Pogue as the game ended on the eight-run mercy rule.
Gore was a perfect three-for-three at the plate with four RBIs.
Sayaka Foley improved her mark to 16-3 as she tossed all five innings.
She allowed one earned run on five hits while walking one and striking out three.
Wesleyan will now wait to see who their first-game opponent will be in the upcoming MEC Tournament.
The tournament will get underway next Friday at Salem, Va.
(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)