SALEM, Va. – The 1000th win in the coaching career of Steve Warner couldn't have come at a better time.
Facing elimination in the NCAA Division II World Series, the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats earned a 1-0 victory over the University of West Florida Argonauts.
The Lady Bobcats will now advance to Game 12 of the World Series tonight against Minnesota State-Mankato at 6:30 p.m. MSU-Mankato is currently unbeaten in the World Series.
"After a hard-fought 12 inning game yesterday, the team came out today and did the same thing we normally do," remarked Warner. "We didn't change a thing with our routine."
Wesleyan's lone run of the game came in the most unusual methods in the top of the fifth.
Sara Scoone worked a 3-1 count on the pitcher and was hit by a pitch for the game's lone run.
Wesleyan missed several opportunities to score early in the game.
They left the bases loaded in the top of the second and stranded runners at second and third in the third inning.
Wesleyan left a total of 11 runners on base.
Both teams collected four hits in the game.
Pogue, Brooklyn Waddell, Gore, and Bruce each had a hit for the Lady Bobcats.
Hannah Vet (pictured) was phenomenal in the circle for Wesleyan. After pitching 13 innings in the last two days, Vet was again dominant as she pitched her 14th shutout of the year as she improved her record to 28-4.
"I talked to Hannah early in the day," Warner remarked. "I told her I have to have a great game from her. She said, "Yes Sir," and here we are a 1-0 winner with an opportunity to keep playing. She is a competitor and will always give us everything she has."
West Florida's best scoring chance came in the bottom of the fourth inning when they put runners at the corners with two outs, but Vet forced a grounder to first to get out of the jam.
West Florida ended their year with a 46-15 record.
Wesleyan improved their record to 51-9.
Minnesota State-Mankato will enter tonight's game with a 61-7 record.
Coley Ries (38-3) is expected to get the nod in the circle for MSU-Mankato.
Warner will counter with Vet or Sayaka Foley.