WVIAC Baseball Day 2 Recap

Concord 11, Davis & Elkins 9

BECKLEY, W. Va. – The Concord Mountain Lions dispatched Davis & Elkins 11-9 in a slugfest Friday morning. With the win, CU improves to 2-0 in league play while D&E falls to 1-1.

Davis & Elkins jumped out in front in the second frame with three runs. Eric Doyle singled and moved to second on Treavor Dubuel’s walk. Mike Mroz walked to load the bases and Doyle scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 advantage. With two away, Ragos belted a double to the left field wall, plating two more Senators for the 3-0 lead.

The Mountain Lions answered with four runs in the third frame. Jacob May singled and moved to second on Josh Wenger’s base hit. Nick Sydnor reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. With no outs, Bret Blevins lifted a ball to left, scoring Mays on a sacrifice fly. A Kyle Webb walk loaded the bags and then all three came home on Raphael Sanchez’s three-RBI double for the 4-3 margin.

The teams traded runs in the fourth, making the score 5-4 in favor of CU.

The Mountain Lions tacked on two runs in the sixth. Keith Morris walked and swiped second. After moving to third, he came home on Wenger’s sac fly. Then, Sydnor sent a rocket over the right field fence for a solo homer. The squad pushed its advantage to 9-4 with two in the seventh. Webb singled and moved to third on an error before coming home on Sanchez’s single. He later came home on Randy Beard’s hit.

The Senators tried to get back into the contest in the bottom of the seventh. Marcus Weese doubled home a run, putting two D&E players in scoring position with the scoreboard reading 9-5. Doyle singled home Weese and Evan Gazza, bringing the designated home team within two at 9-7.

CU got a run back in the eighth when Webb tripled home Wenger for a 10-7 advantage. However, D&E would not give up. Evan Gazza laced a triple to right center, allowing Ragos and Brenton Kopecek to score. With only one out, the Senators were unable to push across the tying run in the eighth.

Jacob Mays doubled home a run in the top of the ninth for CU, scoring Keith Morrisroe for what turned out to be the final run of the contest.

West Virginia Wesleyan 7, West Virginia State 6 (10 Innings) Box Score

BECKLEY, W. Va. – West Virginia Wesleyan came from behind to knot the score in the ninth and win on a walk-off single by Gene Franks in the 7-6 victory over West Virginia State.

WVSU jumped out on top in its first at bat with a quick run when Robert Hawkins tripled and later came around to score on Joey Jobst’s single. However, WVWC knotted the contest in its half of the frame.

In the second, the Yellow Jackets took a 3-1 lead when Hawkins singled, scoring Thompson and Pickering, who had reached on a single and a walk, respectively.

The Bobcats knocked WVSU’s staff around for four runs in the third for a 5-3 lead. Ryan Lewicki doubled to lead things off and scored on Gene Franks’ double. Adam Lewton singled up the middle to plate Franks to knot the score. Later, Cy Mozingo scored on a wild pitch after driving home Lewton on a triple to center.

WVSU tied the contest in the eighth after plating a run in the seventh and eighth stanzas. The squad then took the lead in the ninth when Bo Darby singled home Robert Hawkins for the go-ahead run.

The Bobcats tied the game when Andrew Robinson came in as a pinch runner and scored on a wild pitch to make the score 6-6.

Franks singled home Lewicki for the game-winning run, who walked earlier in the frame.

Wheeling Jesuit 15, Seton Hill 3 Box Score

BECKLEY, W. Va. – Wheeling Jesuit used two huge innings to break open a close game against top-seeded Seton Hill, winning 15-3 Friday evening.

WJU jumped out on top in the bottom of the first when Mike Ludewig reached on an error. He came around to score on Andrew Nemecek’s double. SHU tied the contest in the top of the fourth with a run of its own.

The Cardinals grabbed the lead for good, scoring four runs in the fourth and eight in the fifth. The highlight of the four-run inning came when Ryan Venderlic singled home Troy and Kraus.

When WJU plated eight, the squad posted seven hits in the frame. Troy singled home Dominic San Felippo and Andrew Nemecek for the first two runs of the frame. Ricky Szeligo singled home two, Mike Ludewig doubled home a run as did Nemecek.

In the sixth, Patrick Kohl grounded out, but Mike Leviseur crossed home for a run for the Griffins. B Brandon Costantino’s single drove home a run, but SHU was unable to capitalize for more runs.

WJU plated two runs in the eighth for the final 15-3 margin.

WJU posted 16 runs on 17 hits while SHU totaled three runs on 10 hits with two miscues.

Pitt Johnstown 8, West Liberty 7

BECKLEY, W. Va. – Zach Vignero laced a single up the middle to help Pitt Johnstown defeat West Liberty 8-7 in the final game of the second day of the 2011 WVIAC Tournament.

In the bottom of the first frame, Drew Westover laced a three-run shot over the left field wall for an early 3-0 advantage. The round-tripper plated Vignero and Zach Martin, who had both walked with two outs.

The teams traded runs in the second and heading into the third it was 4-1 in favor of the higher-seeded Mountain Cats.

In the fourth, UPJ added a run when Drew Shaulis drove home Roy on a fielder’s choice. Seth Roy had led off the frame with a double. The Mountain Cats made it 7-1 in the fifth when Nick Barbera singled home Josh Campanella and Kyle Morrow. However, there would be no quit in the Hilltoppers.

WLU knotted the score at seven with a break-out sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Mike Johnson walked, driving home Ryan Zelinski. Carson Koontz lifted a sacrifice fly to center, plating Rudy Nagy for the second run of the stanza. Ross Heath doubled, scoring Dillon Mangino. That brought up Trent Chapman. His single to center allowed Heath and Johnson to cross the plate. After a change of pitchers, Andrew Henry doubled and Chapman scored.  

Jared Taylor doubled and moved to third with two outs for WLU in the top of the ninth, but the UPJ pitching staff did not allow a run to cross.

Andy Rubal led off the bottom of the ninth with a single up the middle and moved to second on Seth Roy’s sacrifice bunt. With one away, Shaulis drilled a pitch sky high that landed in the infield, putting runners on first and third. Vignero then singled home Rubal for the game-winning score.

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