The UVa-Wise men’s baseball team wrapped up its home schedule in its inaugural season in NCAA Division II play.
On April 26, head coach Hank Banner honored his four seniors, Danny Bates, Mike McCollum, Cody Compton and Andrew Jessee as the Cavs hosted the Cardinals of Wheeling Jesuit University.
In game one of the four game series, the Cards scattered 17 hits en route to a 13-9 game on win over the Cavs. The Cards scored two runs in the top of the first to take a 2-0 lead, and the Cavs cut the lead to one as junior Bill Steven singled in freshman Ty King in the bottom of the first.
In the top of the third the Cards added four runs to extend their lead to 6-1. The Cavs battled plating two runs in the bottom half of the inning. Once again the Cards turned in a big inning as they scored seven runs on eight hits in the top of the fourth.
The Cavs found themselves down 13-3, but Steven came up big again drilling a three-run home run down the left field line to make the score 13-6 after four innings of play. Freshman Jordan Olinger added a two-run homer of his own in the fifth to pull within 13-8 of the Cards.
Olinger’s homer proved not enough for the Cavs’ comeback as the team dropped the game to the Cards 13-9.
The Cavs came out firing on all cylinders in game two of the series on April 26 as they scored six runs in the bottom of the first in a 8-4 win over the Cards.
The Cavs sent 11 batters to plate in the bottom of the first in which they scored six runs on five hits. Sophomore Tye Marshall, freshmen Will Cline, Jessee and Olinger each collected an RBI each in the inning while King knocked in two runs.
In the top of the third the Cards finally got on the board scoring three runs in the inning to make the score 7-3. Cline added another run for the Cavs on a RBI sacrifice fly in the fifth as they Cavs cruised to a 8-4 victory.
Sophomore Steven Klaiber picked up his fifth win on the season for the Cavs.
The Cavs and Cards concluded the four game series with another doubleheader on April 27.
In game three of the series, Bates led the Cavs on the mound as they took game three by the score of 4-3. Bates allowed three runs on seven hits while striking out three.
The Cavs found themselves down 3-1 after four innings, but mounted a late comeback. Junior Chaz Tanner pulled the Cavs within one with a RBI single in the bottom of the seventh.
Marshall tied the game at three apiece with a RBI single which was followed by an Olinger walk-off sacrifice fly to give the Cavs the comeback victory.
The Cards controlled game four of the series as they took a 7-4 win over the Cavs to split the series. After three innings of play, the Cavs found themselves down 7-1.
King knocked in two runs in the bottom of the fifth and Olinger homered in the seventh but wasn’t enough as the Cavs dropped the game 7-4.
The Cavs moved to 16-25 on the season and 13-19 in Mountain East play. The Cavs will wrap up the regular season this Saturday and Sunday at Concord University with a four-game series. The MEC tournament starts May 8.