Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan splits double header versus Virginia-Wise on February 18. The Cavaliers took game one in a 10-inning event with a 2-1 final. The Warriors countered to take game two of the three game series 5-3.
The Warriors recorded four hits in the loss to Virginia-Wise. Jason Moldenhauer recorded a double in the contest. Junior John Garrett had an RBI and a sacrifice fly in the loss. JJ Julian started game one for the Warriors and went 4.1 innings and allowed four hits and no runs.
In game two of the doubleheader, Southern Wesleyan posted seven hits. DiMarkus Sanders and Jason Moldenhauer led the team with two hits apiece in the win. Alec Hrynda, John Garrett and Sanders each had a double in the win for the Warriors. Garrett led the team with two RBIs. Julio Justo and Moldenhauer each had a stolen base. Josh Antwine started game two for the Warriors, going six innings while allowing eight hits and three wins in his first win of the season. Jordan Finster closed the game for the Warriors and picked up his first save of the 2016-2017 baseball season.
Final Game One: Virginia-Wise 2, Southern Wesleyan 1
Final Game Two: Southern Wesleyan 5, Virginia-Wise 3
Records: Southern Wesleyan (3-8 / CC 0-0), Virginia-Wise (4-6)
Coach Gillespie Says…
"Once again we pitched well and played well overall in the field. Getting the series win is always good, however, we need to grab wins at home when you play several extra innings in a game. That's home field advantage you have to protect. We had some guys pitch really well out of the pen today. Moving forward we must continue to work our plate discipline and improve to help us play complete games. We hit the road for four out of five games next week so it will be important to have a strong week."
How It Happened
The first game of the double header was kept scoreless until the bottom of the third inning. Jason Moldenhauer doubled to left field and then was advanced to third base on a single by Quinton Bent. John Garrett popped up a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Moldenhauer across home plate to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors kept the Cavaliers scoreless until the top of the seventh inning. Turner singled to right field and then stole second to get into scoring position for Virginia-Wise. Stuart Paz popped up to second base and then Turner advanced to third on a passed ball. A sacrifice fly to centerfield by David Thomas allowed Turner to come home and tied the game 1-1.
In the top of the tenth inning, Kuchenbuch singled and then was advanced to second base on a ground out by Nevill to the catcher. Tyler Blaum grounded out to the first baseman to advance Kuchenbuch to third base. Kuchenbuch came around to score on an error by the third baseman that allowed Matt Wright to reach first base and give the Cavaliers a 2-1 victory over the Warriors.
Virginia-Wise struck first in the last game of the three game series during the top of the second inning. Hatmaker lead off the inning with a strike out, but Josh Haga rallied off a single to center field. Nevill grounded out to second base to advance Haga to second. Tyler Blaum tripled to left center to bring Haga across the plate and give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead over the Warriors.
The lead was short lived as the Warriors scored three in the bottom of the second inning. Jason Moldenhauer reached first on a walk to lead off the inning for Southern Wesleyan. Julio Justo reach on an error by the pitcher and then moved on to third on the throw. On the play, Moldenhauer came around to score and tie the game 1-1. On an error by the shortstop, Casey Woody reached first and then advanced to second base on the throw, allowing Justo to score to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead. John Garrett was out at first plate on a sacrifice bunt to advance Woody to third. DiMarkus Sanders then doubled to center field to bring Woody around to score and give the Warriors a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fifth inning for Virginia-Wise, Joey Skov tripled down the left field line. Turner flied out to right field for the first out of the inning. Kuchenbuch singled and then advanced to second on the throw before being thrown out at third, but not before Skov crossed home plate to bring the game to 3-2. David Thomas then singled to right field and then a single by Stuart Paz advanced Thomas to second base. Hatmaker reached on an error to load the bases for the Cavaliers. On a passed ball, each of the runners advanced, including Thomas to cross home plate and tie the game at three.
Southern Wesleyan struck back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jason Moldenhauer singled to center field before advancing to second base on a passed ball and then stealing third. Julio Justo walked and then stole second to put both runners in scoring position for the Warriors. Casey Woody struck out looking and then John Garrett doubled to left field to bring both Justo and Moldenhauer across home plate and give the Warriors a 5-3 win over the Cavaliers.
The Warriors will next travel to Truett-McConnell on February 21 at 2 pm before returning to the Conn to take on the Anderson University Trojans at 3 pm on February 22. Southern Wesleyan will then travel to North Greenville to take on the Crusaders in their first Conference Carolinas games of the season on February 24 and 25.