Spring Mills Cardinals vs. University Hawks
Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 2:00/4:00pm - Shilling Field - Morgantown, WV
Offense Explodes In Doubleheader Split With Spring Mills
MORGANTOWN – University knocked out 25 combined hits in a doubleheader split with visiting Spring Mills on Saturday.
In the opener, UHS (2-2) won 6-4 behind the arm of winning pitcher Perry Lillard and some timely hitting. The Hawks trailed 3-2 after four innings but then took the lead in the fifth inning. Evan Smith drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3 and then Cameron Musgrave scored when Jake Spearen reached base on an error. Freshman Aaron Forbes then drove in what proved to be the winning run when he stroked a sacrifice fly to center field and Kevin Smith scored.
Lillard pitched six innings on the mound where he scattered five hits and allowed four runs, none of them earned, and struck out four. Matt Renner picked up the save as he pitched a hitless seventh inning and struck out one.
Clay Maholic, Evan Smith, Hunter Cottrell and Casey Smith each had a double in the contest. Casey Smith went 3-for-4 at the plate while Musgrave and Kevin Smith each went 2-for-3. Evan Smith also went 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
In the nightcap, the Hawks had 14 hits but were done in by eight errors in the contest as they lost 14-11. The fourth and fifth innings proved to be the difference for UHS as the Hawks held a 5-4 lead entering the fourth inning but were trailing 14-8 after the fifth frame.
Casey Smith powered the Hawks offense with a 2-for-3 performance that included a double, home run and two RBIs. Evan Smith went 2-for-4 in the contest with a double and Kevin Smith added a double. Senior Hunter Cottrell was 2-for-2 with three RBI in the game while sophomore Avante Neal went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Maholic, Spearen and Jordan Denjen each added a hit in the contest.
Evan Smith started the game and pitched four innings with two strikeouts, Renner came on in relief but couldn’t battle his way out of the fifth inning. Jake Spearen finished the game on the mound as he went three innings and scattered three hits.
The Hawks return to action on Wednesday when they host Parkersburg South for a 5 p.m. contest.
Errors Prove Costly For JV Hawks
MORGANTOWN – Sixteen errors doomed the University junior varsity baseball team as it was swept by Spring Mills in a doubleheader on Saturday.
UHS (1-3) lost the opener 15-3 despite a strong start from Connor McDonough on the mound. McDonough pitched five innings and allowed just five hits and struck out six before giving way to the UHS bullpen. Tony Marsh (0-1) was solid in the relief but took the loss while Joey McBee and Logan Lyons also saw time on the mound for the Hawks.
The game was tied 3-3 entering the seventh before Spring Mills scored 12 runs in the top of the inning to put the contest away. UHS committed six errors in the game. McBee slugged a double while McDonough, Marsh, Seth Coombs and Isaiah Clevenger each had a hit in the contest with McBee and Clevenger each collecting an RBI.
In the second game, UHS jumped out to a 4-0 lead but 10 errors led to the loss. Dylan Henry (1-1) was the hard luck loser on the mound as he allowed nine runs but only one of them was earned while striking out three. Drew Herter pitched the final two innings of the mercy-rule shortened contest as he scattered three hits and had one strikeout. McBee went 2-for-3 at the plate with a double while Matt Bakos also had a double and an RBI. Clevenger, Marsh, Herter and Parow each had a hit in the contest with Herter and Parow each collecting an RBI.
The young Hawks return to action on Monday when they host the Morganton ‘B’ JV team for a 5 p.m. contest.