SHEPHERDSTOWN - Shepherd scored four runs with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to snap a 3-3 tie and made those runs stand up in a 7-3 victory against West Liberty in West Virginia Conference baseball action on Saturday.
The Rams (12-12 overall, 8-3 WVIAC) took the lead for good on a two-out solo home run by Messina before a crucial error by the Hilltoppers (12-11, 10-4) opened the door for three more unearned runs before West Liberty could get the final out in what proved to be the decisive inning.
Scott Castilow had three singles to lead the Hilltoppers at the plate while Josh Nagel had two singles and drove in a run. Anthony Pierro chipped in with an RBI single and Taylor Snare picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
West Liberty heads to Buckhannon on Tuesday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against West Virginia Wesleyan.
Wheeling Jesuit 11-1
WHEELING - Wheeling Jesuit earned a split against Alderson-Broaddus.
In Game 1, the Cardinals (7-18 overall, 4-10 WVIAC) put the first run on the board in the first inning. WJU's leadoff batter, Jordan Kraus, opened the game with a double to the left centerfield gap, and two batters later, Patrick Ammar singled to centerfield for the game's first RBI.
The Battlers (13-10, 8-7 WVIAC) tied the game in the second inning thanks to a base hit, two walks and a sacrifice fly.
The game remained a 1-1 stalemate until the fourth inning when Jesuit exploded for 10 runs on six hits and five free passes. Ammar was the first Cardinal to reach base as he was hit by a pitch, and Robbie Davia followed with a double to centerfield for a RBI. Corey Hull drew a walk and Nick Briski singled behind him.
With bases loaded, the A-B pitching staff handed out three consecutive walks, plating three runs. Chad Ford, Mitch Ludewig and Patrick Biega all received RBI as Jesuit took a 8-1 advantage. Kraus and Cory Wickham added RBI singles while Ammar's sacrifice fly out plated the Cardinals eighth run of the inning. Hull delivered the inning's final blow, singling to left field for two RBI.
BETHANY - Bethany scored eight runs in its final two at-bats to blow open a tight game and claim a victory against Waynesburg in the opener of a PAC doubleheader.
The Yellow Jackets turned the tables in the second game, scoring five runs in the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie and go on to the victory.
Game 1 saw Waynesburg score once in the first, but Bethany (3-8, 1-5) answered back on an RBI ground out by senior Chuck Ziants. The Jackets scored once in the third, but Ziants struck again in the fourth with a two-run single. The visitors retaliated with pair of runs in the fifth to regain the lead, but it was short-lived, as an RBI single by Brad Kubis and a two-run double by Derek Miller put Bethany back on top 6-4.
Bison starter Ryan Styche pitched into the sixth inning before being relieved by Joe Giles (McKees Rocks, Pa./Sto-Rox), who stranded a runner at third base. Bethany then put the game away with a five-run outburst in the sixth frame, highlighted by another two-run double from Miller. Also collecting RBI hits in the inning were Kyle Wales, Dylan Wassel and Haydon Stanley.
Giles would close out the Jackets in the seventh to record his first collegiate save. Styche, who threw five and two-thirds innings and allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out five, earned the win to move to 2-1 this year. The offense was led by Miller's two doubles and four RBI, while Ziants had three RBI and Kubis and Wassel both had two hits and scored a pair of runs.
Wash. & Jeff. 6-0
WASHINGTON, Pa. - Kiersten Conwell blanked Washington & Jefferson on three hits to propel Bethany over the Washington & Jefferson Game 2 of their PAC series.
W&J rallied from a 5-0 deficit in the late innings to record a triumph in eight innings in the first game, as the teams settled for a split of the opening conference series of the season.
Conwell controlled the Presidents from the start, as she didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning. Due to two walks, three Bison errors and the three hits, W&J had runners on in six innings, but Conwell only allowed someone to reach second base in two of those frames. In posting her second shutout of the year and third win overall, she finished with four strikeouts.
All the necessary offense was provided in the first when Deanna Mihalco hit a two-run single and Magnolia High School alum Marissa Bosley lofted a sac fly. Bethany finished the game with nine hits from seven different players. Kayla Kelly went 2-for-3 and knocked in a pair and Jess Kusnierz hit two singles and scored twice.
Mercyhurst 15, Wheeling Jesuit 7
ERIE, Pa. - Wheeling Jesuit trailed by two goals after the third period, however, the Lakers' offense exploded for six goals in the final frame.
WJU fell to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in ECAC play, while the Lakers improved to 8-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
Wheeling Jesuit opened the game with back-to-back goals from Kevin Figaniak and Sean Wright, establishing a 2-0 advantage by the 9:55 mark.
At 8:40, the Lakers found the net and followed with two more goals to capture a 3-2 lead.
Mercyhurst increased the lead to 4-2 in the second period, but Jesuit fired back. At 11:10, Connor Summers found Wright for his second goal of the game. After another Laker goal, Summers rattled the cage to bring Cardinals within a goal at, 5-4. Brian Frank was on the assist. Mercyhurst ended the half with a goal to take a 6-4 halftime advantage.
After the break, the Lakers surged for three straight goals for a 9-4 lead. Jesuit answered with three consecutive goals of its own to cut the deficit to 9-7 heading into the final period. With 6:44 remaining in the third, Summers found the back of the cage and Tyler Johnson followed with a goal at 3:47. Frank rounded out the Cardinals' scoring when Aaron Gofreed led him to the net.