Central, SC – Southern Wesleyan kicked off the three game series versus Virginia-Wise with two wins. The Warriors won game one in a 12-8 final and game two 8-6.
Southern Wesleyan put up 13 hits in the game one victory. Conner Ewing and Jesse Getford led the team with three hits each. They were followed by Devin Patrick with two. Getford had a double. Five Warriors had home runs in the win over the Cavaliers. Ewing led the team with four RBIs. Noah Fritz had a sacrifice fly and Devin Patrick stole a base during the game. Southern Wesleyan had four strikeouts during the game. TJ McEvilly started game one for the Warriors and pitched five innings while allowed two runs on six hits. Tyler Parry and Aaron Bennett came in to pitch in relief in game one.
The Warriors posted seven hits in game two. John Garrett led the team with three hits and was followed by Quinton Bent with two. Quinton Bent had a double during the game. Bent led the team with three RBIs and Garrett followed with two. Jesse Getford had two of the six walks for the Warriors. Mike Batten delivered a sacrifice bunt and Getford had the lone stolen base for Southern Wesleyan. Mike Batten started game two for the Warriors. Batten pitched four innings and struck out eight batters to get the win. Alex Tokar and Josh Antwine game in to pitch in relief. Antwine picked up the save.
Final Game One: Southern Wesleyan 12, Virginia-Wise 8
Final Game Two: Southern Wesleyan 8, Virginia-Wise 6
Records: Southern Wesleyan (8-2) Virginia-Wise (1-7)
Coach Gillespie says…
"Always great to win the first two games of the series, now we have to come out tomorrow focused and intent on playing our game with intensity and desire to finish. We did a good job in the field and our bats picked up after a slow start in game one. T.J. McEvilly and Mike Batten gave us two quality starts in both games, we need to have been sharper out of the pen tonight. Hopefully the weather will cooperate tomorrow."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck first in game one in the bottom of the fourth inning. Jesse Getford reached on a single through the left side and then advanced to third when Julio Justo singled. Justo advanced to second on the throw to put both runners in scoring position with one out. Conner Ewing singled through the left side to bring Justo and Getford home and put the Warriors up 2-0. Quinton Bent flew out, but a walk to Trey Matthews put runners at first and second with two outs. Devin Patrick hit a deep home run to right center to bring Matthews and Ewing home. With two outs, Noah Fritz followed Patrick with a home run of his own to deep left field to give Southern Wesleyan a 6-0 lead.
In the top of the fifth, the Cavaliers countered with two runs of their own to make the score 6-2. However, the Warriors attacked again in the bottom of the fifth inning. Jesse Getford doubled to lead off, and then a home run from Conner Ewing put the Warriors up 8-2. Quinton Bent hit his third home run of the season over left field fall to put the lead 9-2. Trey Matthews singled through the left side and then advanced to third when Devin Patrick reached first on an error by the Cavaliers second baseman. Patrick stole second to put both runners in scoring position and bring Noah Fritz up to bat. Fritz hit a sacrifice fly to bring Matthews home and put the Warriors up 10-2.
In the top of the sixth inning, Tyler Blaum hit a home run to left field to put Virginia-Wise to within seven and make the score 10-3. Virginia-Wise continued to threaten as they put up three more runs to make the score 10-6.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Andrew Falgiano reached first after being hit by a pitch. A deep home run over the left field wall by Jesse Getford brought Falgiano home and allowed the Warriors to push their lead to 12-6. Virginia-Wise put up two more runs in the top of the seventh, but the Warriors won game one 12-8.
Southern Wesleyan took an early lead in the bottom of the third inning. John Garrett led off the inning with a single up the middle and then advanced to second when Andrew Falgiano was hit by a pitch. Jesse Getford walked to load the bases. With the bases loaded, Julio Justo was hit by a pitch to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Conner Ewing was hit by a pitch to keep the bases loaded and bring home another run. With the bases loaded, Quinton Bent hit a single to bring Falgiano home to put the Warriors up 3-0. Michael Batten put down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to advance Bent to scoring position. With both runners in scoring position, Noah Fritz walked to load the bases and bring John Garrett up for the second time in the inning. Garrett singled to shortstop to allowed Ewing to come home and give the Warriors a 5-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, Southern Wesleyan pushed their lead up to 6-0. Quinton Bent was hit by a pitch to lead off and then advanced to second when Alex Tokar walked. Noah Fritz advanced Bent to third when he flew out to left field. John Garrett hit a single up the middle to bring Bent in to score and put the Warriors up 6-0.
Jesse Getford reached first on a walk to lead off in the bottom of the first base. Getford stole second and then Conner Ewing walked to put runners at first and second with one out. Quinton Bent hit a double through the left side to allow Getford to come in and score and put the Warriors up 7-2. AJ Canine came in to bat for Alex Tokar and grounded out to shortstop, but the play allowed Ewing to cross home plate to give Southern Wesleyan an 8-2 lead.
In the top of the seventh inning, the Cavaliers threatened putting up four runs to put them down 8-6. However, Josh Antwine got out of the inning to give the Warriors an 8-6 victory.
Southern Wesleyan will continue their three game series verses Virginia-Wise on February 17 at 12 p.m. They will then welcome the Piedmont International Bruins in a two game series on February 20-21.