BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team lost three out of four games this weekend to MEC South Divisional foe Glenville State. On Saturday, the Pioneers took the first game 12-7 and the Bobcats won game two 8-4. GSU took both games today 14-3 and 10-3.
With both teams being quiet in the first inning, Glenville State put up four runs in the top of the second on just two hits. An error, two walks and two hit batsmen helped the Pioneers score three of those runs. For Wesleyan, consecutive singles set up Eddie Rueda, who also singled to bring Cole Shearer home, trimmed it to 4-1 after two innings.
In the top of the third, GSU loaded the bases and Zac Bayor took full advantage, hitting a grand slam. Shearer hit a one-run single in the bottom half of the third after back-to-back errors by the Pioneer defense. The lead would be extended to 10-2 in the top of the fourth but the Bobcats answered back with two runs of their own on a one-run single from Devin Johnson and a passed ball. GSU scored a run in both the fifth and sixth inning to bolster their lead to eight.
The Bobcats scored on a two-run single from Shearer in the sixth and another run one-run single from Johnson in the seventh. A strikeout closed the first game of the series with the Pioneers taking game one 12-7.
Bayor’s knocked in six runs and Carlos De Jesus’ four hits led the Pioneer bats. Austin Corn earned the victory after 4 2/3 innings of work, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks.
Shearer went 3-4 with three RBIs to lead the Bobcats. Johnson knocked in two runs and Eddie Rueda finished with one run knocked in. Drew Evans was handed the loss, going three innings and allowing eight runs (five earned) on four hits, five walks and three hit batsmen.
Glenville State scored the first runs of the game once again, plating three in the top of the fourth on a passed ball and a two-run home run. An error by the Pioneer defense allowed Shearer to cross in the bottom of the fourth. A sacrifice fly put GSU back up three in the top of the fifth but the Bobcat offense came alive the following inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wesleyan scored seven runs on seven hits and an error, including all the runs being scored with two outs. Julio Aguilar got it started with a one-run single to right, followed by Josh Jenkins singling in the infield to plate a run. Luke Burner’s single down the right field line tied the game up at 4-4 and Sam Ingram was hit by a pitch to take the lead. Tilton singled up the middle to plate two and Ingram came home on a steal to make it 8-4 after six innings. Glenville State had a runner on in the top of the seventh but weren’t able to do anything with it as WVWC won the second game 8-4.
Zach Morris knocked in two runs to lead the Pioneers with Ryan Rodriguez and Zach Laurie recording two hits. Noah Petrovich took the loss after entering the in the sixth in relief, giving up three runs (earned) on three hits and hitting one.
Tilton and Aguilar led the Bobcats with two RBIs each. Three other Bobcats recorded a RBI as well. Anthony Hernandez picked up his first win of the season, going six innings and allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and four walks.
The Pioneers jumped out to a hot start, taking a 7-1 lead after two innings with the Bobcats scoring on a sacrifice fly from Burner. GSU extended their lead in the top of the fifth with two runs but Wesleyan scored two runs as well in the bottom of the fifth on a one-run single from Johnson and a sacrifice fly by Shearer.
GSU continued to pour it on the top of the sixth soring five runs on five hits and an error by the Bobcat defense, making it an 11-run game. Wesleyan had little offense in both the sixth and seventh inning as Glenville State cruised to a 14-3 victory.
Seven different Pioneers had an RBI, led by Zach Laurie’s four RBIs and Fabian Escalante’s 3-5 and three RBI performance. Chase Swain got win number five on the season after 4 2/3innings, surrendering three runs (earned) on five hits and five walks.
Shearer was 2-2 with one RBI to lead the Bobcats. Burner and Johnson had an RBI apiece as well. Eli Brogan went two innings, giving up seven runs (four earned) on five hits and taking the loss.
The game two start was very similar to the start of the first game as GSU jumped out to a 7-1 lead through three innings. Johnson singled to right to put the Bobcats on the board in the bottom of the third. A solo home run by Glenville’s Zach Morris allowed the Pioneers to go back up by seven. In the bottom of the fifth, Ingram stole home on a double steal to make it 8-2.
The Bobcats cut into the lead once again in the bottom of the sixth when Ingram singled to right to plate Preston Todd. GSU put two more runs up on the board in the top of the seventg on a double and a weak dribbler in the infield. The Bobcats loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the seventh, eventually ending the game after striking out back-to-back. The Pioneers secured the series victory with the 10-3 win.
Fabian Escalante continued his hot series, leading Glenville with three RBIs. Four Pioneers recorded two hits and the offense was aided by Zach Laurie and Mason Lohr bringing in two runs. Diego Tamariz picked up the win after going five innings, allowing two runs (earned) on six hits, two walks and striking out six.
Ingram was 3-4 with an RBI to lead the Bobcats with Johnson adding an RBI as well. Alex Hernandez took the loss after two innings of work, giving up five runs (all earned) on six hits and three walks.
Up Next For The Bobcats
Wesleyan wraps up the regular season next weekend with rival Davis & Elkins on Friday and Sunday.