Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan scores early to defeat the University of Virginia-Wise Cavaliers in a final score of 14-3.
The Warriors recorded 15 hits in the win, with Drew Carson leading the way with three hits in his four at-bats of the afternoon. Carson is followed by Andrew Falgiano, Conner Ewing and Quinton Bent with two hits in the Warriors' second victory of the season. Four Warriors doubled and Bent recorded a triple. Ewing hit the Warriors' second home run of the season over the left field wall and led the team in RBIs with three. Falgiano followed Ewing with two RBIs in the win.
Mike Batten started the game for the Warriors and faced 24 batters while allowing four hits and striking out eight batters. Batten recorded his first win of the season, throwing 90 pitches with 59 strikes. Brandon Richeson and Jordan Finster each pitched an inning in relief, facing 11 batters and allowing one run. Hamilton Hartsell closed the game up for the Warriors to end the game.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 14, Virginia-Wise 3
Record: Southern Wesleyan (2-7 / CC 0-0), Virginia-Wise (3-5)
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How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck early in the second inning of the first game versus Virginia-Wise. Drew Carson doubled to right center to get on second. Conner Ewing hit a home run over the left field wall to drive in Carson and give the Warriors a 2-0 lead over Virginia-Wise. With two outs, Quinton Bent tripled and then an error by the shortstop allowed John Garrett to reach first and brought Bent around to cross home plate.
The Cavaliers kept the Warriors from scoring until the bottom of the fourth inning. Conner Ewing was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then Tyler Busby walked to advance Ewing to second. Jason Moldenhauer singled on a bunt to advance both runners and continue the inning for Southern Wesleyan. Quinton Bent then reached first on an error by the shortstop. The error brought both Busby and Ewing across home plate and allowed Moldenhauer to reach third base to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead. With no outs, John Garrett grounded out in a sacrifice bunt to score Moldenhauer. DiMarkus Sanders singled on a bunt to advance Bent to third and then a single by Izzy Martinez brought Bent home to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead. With two men on base, Andrew Falgiano doubled to left field to bring Martinez and Sanders across the plate. Falgiano advanced to third on a wild pitch to Drew Carson. Carson reached on an error to score Falgiano, and then on a double by Ewing brought Carson home for the last run of the inning for the Warriors and make the score 11-0.
Virginia-Wise countered in the top of the seventh. Tyler Blaum walked to lead off the inning for the Cavaliers and advanced to third on a double by Matt Wright. A sacrifice fly by Josh Haga allowed Blaum to score and bring the game to 11-1.
Southern Wesleyan was not finished, scoring three more times in the bottom of the eighth inning. Andrew Falgiano singled to start the inning and then Drew Carson walked to advance Falgiano to second base. Alec Hrynda singled up the middle, advancing each runner up a base. Avery Mahon walked in a run to give the Warriors a 12-1 lead. Justin Brew singled to allow both Hrynda and Carson to cross home plate and give Southern Wesleyan a 14-1 run lead.
The Cavaliers would go on to strike in the top of the ninth on a double by Hatmaker to bring both David Thomas and Noah Lacy around to score. However, the rally for Virginia-Wise was not enough for the Cavaliers as the Warriors won the first game of the three game series 14-3.
The Warriors will continue the three game series against Virginia-Wise on Saturday, February 18 at noon and 3 p.m. The games on February 18 will be the first of three Kid's Days the Warriors will host during the 2016-2017 season. Southern Wesleyan will then travel to Truett-McConnell on Tuesday, February 21 before returning to the Con on February 22 to take on the Anderson University Trojans.