BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan baseball team dropped both games of their doubleheader with Frostburg State today at Hank Ellis Field, falling in game one 13-0 and losing a close one in game two 5-4 as their losing streak has reached seven games.
Frostburg State had early offense but couldn’t put any runs on AJ Ventry through two innings. That changed in the top of the third as consecutive errors by the WVWC defense allowed a run. Wesleyan struggled to muster anything more than a hit each inning and Frostburg took full advantage of this, scoring three runs in the fifth, five runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh
In those three innings, Frostburg State had 12 runs on 11 hits. To go with the hits, errors proved key for FSU in their scoring run as well as Wesleyan had three errors in the fifth and an error in the sixth.
Cy Probst and Trevor Jones both had three hits and Jones knocked in three runs to his total as well. Mikey Guy had two runs-batted-in and five other Bobcats had a RBI. Max Proctor was handed the win, going six innings of no-run ball and only giving up three hits with six strikeouts.
Four different Wesleyan batters had one hit on the day. Ventry took the loss after five innings of work, giving up four runs and striking out four.
A big second inning from Frostburg State made it 4-0 as a double and one-run single to start the inning got the scoring started. From there, two runs were scored on another single and a fielder’s choice was the final run of the inning. Frostburg State added to their run total in the top of the third with a solo blast to center field. Sam Ingram got the run back in the bottom half of the inning, plating Eddie Rueda after he started the inning with a single.
In the bottom of the sixth, WVWC loaded the bases with one out as Devin Johnson was hit by a pitch and both Matthew Neach and Thatcher Poteat singled. A bad throw over the catcher’s head by the third baseman scored two runs and put runners at second and third with just one out still. The next pitch was put in the dirt and got to the backstop, scoring Poteat and placing Shearer at third. Wesleyan couldn’t plate the tying run as back-to-back outs by the FSU bullpen got them out of the sixth inning, still holding onto the lead at 5-4.
Jack Tilton doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bobcats hope once again. The game would be ended on a strikeout as Frostburg State escaped with a 5-4 victory.
Stafford Allison and Danny Estrada each knocked in two runs each for Frostburg State and Mikey Guy added one as well. AJ Campbell picked up the victory after 5 1/3 innings of work, giving up four runs (one earned) on six hits and five strikeouts.
Matthew Neach finished with two hits and Ingram had a RBI for Wesleyan. Hunter Eplin was banged around early but finished the game out strong, pitching a complete game and giving up five runs (all earned) on nine hits and four walks.
Up Next For The Bobcats
Wesleyan is home once again Monday as they host Fairmont State for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.