The UVa-Wise Cavaliers’ baseball team, which was recently ranked 10th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Atlantic Region Poll, has been busy over the last few weeks.
On March 6, the Cavs faced Bluefield State in a doubleheader at home. UVa-Wise was able to sweep the double header as Steven Klaiber pitched a complete game and hit a walk-off home run in extra innings to give the Cavs a 4-1 win in the first game.
In game one, the Cavs got on the board first in the third inning after Bryan Andrews singled up the middle, took second on a bunt by Ty Lighton and then scored on a single through the left side by Ryan Dickt.
Bluefield State tied the game in the top of the fourth after a sacrifice fly from Sam Harris to score Justin Bowler.
In the bottom of the eighth, David Thomas delivered his first collegiate hit and was then sacrificed to second base. Ryan Dickt was then intentionally walked, bringing up Klaiber with the game on the line.
Klaiber swung at the first pitch and sent it sailing over the right field wall to secure UVa-Wise’s 4-1 in their home opener.
In game two, Wise’s offense exploded for 10 runs in the shutout win. The Cavs’ big victory in game two resulted from four Bluefield errors which led to eight unearned runs. However, the win is also a reflection of the thirteen hits that the Cavalier offense posted for Head Coach Hank Banner.
Pitching also played a large factor in the Cavs’ success. UVa-Wise allowed only one run and seven hits in 15 innings pitched on the day.
The Cavs took the lead in game two after plating two runs in the third inning, scored by Marcus Elmore and Ty Lighton.
Tusculum College visited UVa-Wise on March 15 and overcame a four-run deficit by scoring six runs in the seventh inning and capturing a 12-6 victory.
Wise jumped out to a four run lead in the second inning following RBI’s from Matt Wright, Vinny Kuchenbuch and Marcus Elmore. However, the lead would not last as Tusculum would score in four consecutive innings, capping that streak with their six-run seventh.
Tusculum claimed the season sweep of the series against UVa-Wise, having beaten the Cavs 11-0 earlier in the season.
Wheeling Jesuit University swept UVa-Wise in Friday’s home doubleheader by scores of 3-2 and 9-3 in the Mountain East Conference opener for both schools at Stallard Field Friday.
The Cardinals’ Joe San Felippo came out of the bullpen in game one to toss three innings of perfect relief in aiding the visitors to the game one victory before Anthony Connacher scored three runs in the game two triumph.
On Saturday, the Cavs lost both games in a home doubleheader against the West Liberty Hilltoppers.
At press time, the Cavs were scheduled to play Carson-Newman University at home Tuesday.
Some information provided by the UVa-Wise Sports Information Office