Linsly Cadets vs. University Hawks
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 5:00pm - Mylan Field - Morgantown, WV
Late Rally Falls Short For UHS
MORGANTOWN – A seventh-inning rally fell just short on Tuesday for the University baseball team.
UHS (5-8) had the bases loaded with no outs but couldn’t come up with another hit as it fell to visiting Linsly 5-3.
The Hawks nearly rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the final frame as Perry Lillard and Jake Spearen led off with walks, Casey Smith singled and then Avante Neal drove in Lillard with a single to center field. However, the next three UHS batters struck out swinging to end the contest.
Casey Smith was the hard-luck losing pitcher as he pitched six innings while scattering seven hits with five strikeouts and one walk. Spearen pitched the final inning while allowing just one hit and one run.
University was able to rally earlier in the game when it trailed 2-0 in the third inning. During that frame, it was Aaron Forbes who slugged a double to right field that scored Casey Smith and Evan Smith. Unfortunately, that was all the offense that UHS could muster until the seventh inning.
Forbes and Lillard paced the offense as each had a double, Casey Smith added two singles while Neal and Cameron Musgrave each had singles.
University returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Wheeling Park for a 5 p.m. contest with hopes of ending its two-game losing skid.
Hawks Win Pitching Duel
MORGANTOWN – A good old-fashioned pitching duel broke out Tuesday night between the UHS JV team and Linsly.
UHS pitcher Tony Marsh proved to be a tough test for the visitors as he struck out 10 in five innings of
work and surrendered just two runs – one earned – on just three hits.
That pitching performance was just enough to keep the Hawks (4-7) in the game until the seventh inning when they won it on a walk-off error. Drew Herter reached base on a walk, stole second and then stole third with two outs. While stealing third, Linsly’s catcher threw the ball wildly and that allowed Herter to score the winning run.
Behind Marsh’s pitching the Hawks grabbed a 1-0 lead in the fourth when Bakos hit a single to right field that scored Marsh and then in the fifth they grabbed a 2-0 lead when Isaiah Clevenger scored on a wild pitch.
Max Parow (1-0) picked up the win on the mound as he pitched the final two innings with just one hit allowed and two strikeouts.
The Hawks mustered just five hits while striking out 17 times in the contest.
Marsh led the offense with two doubles, Joey McBee also had a double while Bakos and Tyler Goodnight each had singles.
University will look to extend its winning streak to three games on Thursday when it hosts Morgantown at 5 p.m.