Road Recap 2/28-3/2: Baseball earns series win, men’s basketball takes season finale at Coker

Baseball moves to fifth place in SAC with series win at Tusculum

GREENEVILLE, TN—After rain and snow pushed their weekend series from Wise to Greeneville, the Cavaliers swept the Pioneers in a Sunday doubleheader 15-14, 4-2 before dropping the series finale 17-7 on Monday.

The Cavaliers would get the walkoff win in Game 1 after center fielder Gabe Wurtz and third baseman Tristan Peccerelli drove in the tying and winning runs on back-to-back bases-loaded hit by pitches. After Tusculum tied the game at 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Wurtz crushed a walkoff two-run home run to give the Cavaliers the doubleheader sweep on Sunday. In the series finale, the Pioneers rocked the Cavaliers pitching staff for a combined nine runs in the fourth and fifth innings before tacking on five more runs in the top of the ninth to secure the win for Tusculum.

Left fielder Ethan Fletcher led the team on offense in Game 1, finishing 4-for-5 with a triple, five RBI and three runs scored, while in Game 2 Wurtz went 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Game 2 starter Greg Duncan improved to 3-0 on the year as he allowed two runs and struck out seven over seven innings for his second complete game of the season. Catcher Tyler Blaum drove in a team-high three RBI in the series finale, while first baseman Tyler Horvath launched a pinch-hit home run for his only hit of the day.

The Cavaliers (9-7, 3-3 SAC) will play on the road at Lincoln Memorial on Wednesday afternoon for a single-game matchup before returning to Wise for their home-opening series against Newberry College beginning on Friday afternoon.

Men’s basketball closes out season with win at Coker

HARTSVILLE, SC—The Cavaliers snapped a 16-game losing streak on Saturday afternoon with a 77-63 victory over Coker College in the season finale.

Holding onto a 38-36 lead at halftime, the Cavaliers opened the second half with a 10-3 run over the first eight minutes to pull away from the Cobras. A six-point deficit would be the closest the Cobras would get to the Cavaliers in the second half, as UVA Wise led by at least 11 points throughout the final 10 minutes of the game.

Sophomore Briggs Parris led the Cavaliers with a game-high 22 points while shooting 4-for-6 from beyond the arc. Sophomore Cameron Whiteside nearly recorded a double-double as he finished with 20 points and seven rebounds, while senior Chance Sheffey scored 13 points with five rebounds and two steals. With Saturday’s performance Sheffey ended his career with 1,080 points, placing him at 29th on the Cavaliers’ career-scoring leaderboard.

The Cavaliers end the 2019-20 season with a 6-22 overall record and 2-20 record in conference play.

Women’s basketball falls in season finale at Coker

HARTSVILLE, SC—Coker College rallied to outscore the Cavaliers 30-23 in the final quarter on Saturday as UVA Wise dropped their season finale 79-73 to the Cobras.

The Cavaliers grabbed a four-point lead early in the fourth quarter on a three-pointer by junior Hanna Oliver and remained within six points of Coker through much of the period. But the Cobras would gain the advantage late, outscoring the Cavaliers 14-10 over the final three minutes to hand UVA Wise the loss.

All five of the Cavaliers starters finished with double-digit points, as freshman Nia Vanzant led the team with a game-high 25 points. Oliver ended second on the team with 14 points, while freshman Caitlyn Ross and juniors Kalee Johnson and Ada Stanley finished with 11 points each. Stanley also led the team with eight rebounds, while Ross recorded four assists to end the season with 161 assists and rank her 10th in the nation in total assists and assists per game.

The Cavaliers ended their season with a 12-16 overall record and an 8-14 record in conference play.

Softball struggles at Bearcat Round Robin

GREENWOOD, SC—After winning their first game of the weekend 2-1 against Emmanuel College, the Cavaliers ended the weekend with three straight losses to Walsh University, Emmanuel College and Lander University.

Freshman McKenna Falwell struck out a career-high 11 batters over seven innings against Emmanuel College to improve to 3-3 on the year, while second baseman Casey Chambers hit a walkoff double to drive in catcher Katie Russell in the first game. Third baseman Kaylee Jones and designated player Riley Hunt would both homer against Walsh University and combine to drive in six runs, but a two-run error in the top of the eighth would cost the Cavaliers the game in a 9-8 loss. An RBI single by Hunt and Russell’s first home run of the season would provide the only runs for UVA Wise to close out the weekend, as they fell 10-1 against Emmanuel and 2-1 against Lander.

With Tuesday’s scheduled doubleheader against Tusculum University postponed, the Cavaliers (6-10) will return to action on Wednesday when they host Bluefield State College for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.

Lacrosse drops pair of road matches at Lee and Young Harris

The Cavaliers dropped both matches in their weekend road trip, falling 15-12 at Lee University on Friday and 20-15 at Young Harris College on Sunday.

With the score tied at 7-7 coming out of halftime on Friday, the Cavaliers would score five goals and take a 12-10 lead midway through the second half before Lee responded with five unanswered goals to close out the game. In Sunday’s match the Cavaliers would never grab the lead, as a 15-10 halftime deficit would prove to be the difference against Young Harris.

Sophomore Caroline Earnshaw led the Cavaliers with a combined seven goals and 11 draw controls across the two games. Senior Ashley Wells scored five goals over the weekend, while senior Jesse French recorded 13 points on the road trip with six goals and seven assists. On Sunday, French broke the Cavaliers career points record as she recorded her 202nd career point, having amassed 124 goals and 78 assists through her four-year career.

The Cavaliers (2-2) remain on the road for their next match when they travel to Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday afternoon for their first South Atlantic Conference matchup.

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