Lady 'Cats Down Molloy in Softball World Series Opener, 4-0

Lady 'Cats Down Molloy in Softball World Series Opener, 4-0

SALEM, Va. – Hannah Vet pitched another shutout and the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats used the long ball to defeat Molloy College in their NCAA Division II World Series opener by a 4-0 score at Salem's Moyer Complex.

Vet was in complete control of the game as she allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out four.

She improved her record to 27-4.

Tori Pogue (pictured) led off the bottom of the first with a bunt single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brooklyn Waddell.

She advanced to third on a passed ball and raced home on an Olivia Gore bunt single as that treated Wesleyan to a 1-0 lead.

"It was critical to get that first run," remarked head coach Steve Warner. "I knew if we were able to get a runner at third base, we were going to try to squeeze and Olivia did a good job of putting the bunt down."

Molloy's lone threat in the game came in the top of the fourth when they put runners at the corners with just one out, but Vet induced two ground outs to get out of the inning and keep Molloy off the scoreboard.

Wesleyan turned to the long ball for their final three runs.

Morgan Bruce absolutely crushed a pitch over the left field fence in the bottom of the fourth inning to give Wesleyan a 2-0 advantage.

In the bottom of the fifth, Gore showed off her power as she put a pitch over the right field fence that scored Waddell who singled through the right side.

That upped the Wesleyan lead to 4-0.

"Morgan's home run gave us a little bit of breathing room," Warner commented. "Then with Gore's blast, when we went up 4-0, and the way Vet was throwing, we felt pretty confident we could get the win."

Vet did the rest in the sixth and seventh innings as she retired the next six of the seven batters she faced including putting down Molloy in order in the top of the seventh.

Wesleyan had seven hits in the contest with Pogue and Gore each getting two each.

The win was the 999th victory for Warner as his team improved to 50-8.

The Lady 'Cats will now advance to the winner's bracket where they will play the No. 1 team in the nation and the top seed in the World Series – Angelo (Texas) State.

"Getting the opportunity to play the top team in the nation is certainly exciting for our team," Warner stated. "They have a great program but we are looking forward to the challenge."

Angelo State beat Humboldt State in their opener, 5-1.

First pitch is set for 11 a.m.

 

(Photo courtesy of Peter Galarneau Jr.)