Mother nature was both kind and cruel to Hank Banner’s UVa-Wise baseball team this week.
Last Tuesday, March 11, the Cavaliers hosted border rival the King University Tornado on Tuesday March 11 with temperatures topping the mid 70s. The warm weather was a surprise to the Cavs and it showed on the field as they dropped a 14-9 decision to their rivals.
The Tornado started out swinging the hot bats as they jumped out to an early 10-0 lead after the top of the third. The offensive burst was powered by a three-RBI double by Stephen Mullins in the second inning.
In the bottom of the third the Cavs posted three RBI on the bats of sophomores Ty Lighton, Steven Klaiber and senior Andrew Jessee. The Cavs also posted three runs in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Lighton and two RBI double by Klaiber.
The offensive day for Lighton and Klaiber proved not enough as the Cavs fell victim to the Tornado.
Mitch Stophel picked up the win for the Tornado and sophomore Kenny Ball picked up the hard luck loss his first appearance this season. On a day in which the Cavs used six different pitchers, sophomore Caleb Daniels proved to be most efficient. Daniels allowed one run on three hits while striking out four in four innings of relief work.
The Cavs traveled to Fairmont, W.Va., on March 15 and 16 to take on the Fairmont State University Fighting Falcons.
The series was set to play four seven inning games and due to rain the Cavs only got to play one seven inning game.
The Cavs made good work of their one game as they posted a 1-0 win over the Fighting Falcons.
Sophomores Ball and Jared Finch combined for a one-hitter. Ball went five innings without allowing a hit and only walking two.
Finch came on to pitch two innings of relief and gave up the only hit of the ballgame for the Fighting Falcons to Drew Hetzel.
Ball picked up his first win on the season to move to 1-1. Finch picked up his first save on the season.
Leading the way for the Cavs was sophomore Tye Marshall with two hits. The Cavs scored the only run on a throwing error than allowed freshman J.T. Belotti to score.
With the win the Cavs improve to 4-10 on the season and 3-6 in Mountain East play. The Cavs return to action this weekend as they travel to South Euclid, Ohio, to take on Notre Dame College.