Baseball ‘Cats losing streak reaches 11 as they drop four games to Charleston

BUCKHANNON — The West Virginia Wesleyan Bobcats competed in a four-game series at home against the University of Charleston Golden Eagles this past weekend losing all four games. They dropped Saturday’s contests by 11-8 and 18-7 scores and fell on Sunday by 12-4 and 6-4 scores.

Game 1 Saturday

Game one was an exhilarating match between both teams as the Bobcats gained a 4-0 lead through two innings of play with a one0run double from Thatcher Poteat, a one-run single from Josh Ayala, and a two-run home run from Jack Tilton.

Charleston was quick to answer back in the top of the third by putting up a four spot to even the score at 4-4.

Wesleyan reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the third with RBIs from Eddie Rueda and Luke Burner to make it 6-4.

The Golden Eagles tied it up in the top of the fourth and were able to claim its first lead in the top of the sixth inning by scoring three runs to make it 9-6.

The Bobcats were only able to tally one run from a one-run single from Poteat in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-7 in hopes to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh.

Unfortunately, Charleston’s Brayden McCallister blasted a two-run home run to bolster the lead to four.

Wesleyan was able to get one run off a double from Burner but couldn’t accumulate any more runs and dropped the first game of the series 11-8.

Alex Hernandez got the loss for the Bobcats and Scott Templeton got the win for Charleston.

Game 2 Saturday

In game two, the Bobcats were quick to retaliate after Charleston put up three runs in the top of the first. Wesleyan scored four runs in the bottom of the frame off RBI singles from Cole Shearer and Ayala, a one-run double from Devin Johnson, and a sacrifice fly from Kohei Fujushita.

The Golden Eagles tied the game in the top of the second, but Wesleyan got the lead back in the bottom of the third with an one-run single from Rueda to make it 5-4.

From there on out, Charleston was able to get 14 runs through four innings of play.

The Bobcats tallied two runs in the bottom of the seventh but dropped game two of the series 18-7.

Broderick Rohrbaugh was the losing pitcher and Dwanye Sumler got the win.

Game 1 Sunday

After scoring five runs in the top of the first, game one on Sunday was a runaway for Charleston as they put up 12 runs off 19 hits.

With multi-hit games from Johnson and Preston Todd and a 3-3 game from Tilton, Wesleyan was unable to get anything going as it only scored four runs off eight hits and lost 12-4.

Anthony Hernandez got the loss and Trace Hartman got the win.

Game 2 Sunday

The final game on Sunday started off with the Golden Eagles taking a 4-0 lead through three innings of play.

In the bottom of the third, Grant Shumaker was able to get an RBI and make it 4-1.

Charleston extended its lead in the top of the sixth by scoring two runs to make it 6-1.

The Bobcats proceeded to mount a comeback by putting up three runs in the bottom of the sixth with a one-run double from Ryan Drag and two RBIs from Fujushita to make it 6-4.

After keeping Charleston silent in the top of the seventh, Wesleyan was shut down and lost the final game of the series to complete the sweep.

The Bobcats look to snap its 11-game losing streak against Bluefield State University in a mid-week game on Wednesday, April 24 at 3 p.m.

Saturday Game 1

Saturday Game 2

Sunday Game 1

Sunday Game 2

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