Saturday’s doubleheader leaves Cavs at 17-18 tally; team faces 10-game away stretch.
UVa-Wise end the week with a 4-2 loss on the back end of a double header against Wheeling Jesuit.
The first game ended with a Cavs shutout and Wheeling Jesuit only allowing three hits. Being that the Cavs are power hitters, it could not be seen in the first game of the double header as they were forced to adjust to the elements. The 10-0 loss was solidified by a six-run inning in the fifth. With lots of fatigue and frustration, the Cavs gave up the sixth run with a walk as the bases were loaded. The game practically ended off the grand slam of Kelsi Thompson.
The last game of the week proved to be defensive due to wind conditions. It was a scrappy effort by the Cavs, only giving up two runs going into the ninth inning. With many opportunities for the walk-off win in the seventh, the Cavs continued to leave runners stranded. Designated hitter Mindy Combs batted in the first run of the game, credited to Erika McLaughlin, three and a half innings in. The Lady Cardinals responded with a ground out RBI.
Samantha Ely regained the lead with a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving the Cavs a 2-1 lead. A throwing error allowed Wheeling Jesuit to tie the game in regulation.
The Cavs left runners stranded in the bottom of the seventh sending the game into extra innings. After three additional innings, Wheeling Jesuit won the game with two runs in the tenth inning.
These loses bring the Cavs to 17-18 record on the season, but the Cavs were 4-2 coming into Saturday’s game. The ladies have an upcoming road stretch, facing 10 away games before returning to Wise on April 23 to face West Virginia Wesleyan College.