Washington Patriots vs. University Hawks
Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 12:00pm/2:30pm - Shilling Field - Morgantown, WV
Forbes Powers Hawks to Split
MORGANTOWN – Splitting is never fun, no matter the situation – facing a 7-10 split in bowling, breaking up with a girlfriend or in baseball where the UHS varsity team found itself on Saturday.
However, after dropping the opening game of a doubleheader, 10-7, against visiting Washington the Hawks (2-2) found themselves in a precarious situation of not just splitting but being swept.
UHS trailed 6-4 in the nightcap before junior third baseman Aaron Forbes stepped to the plate and blasted a home run over the left field fence to give the Hawks the lead for good as they tacked on two more runs to win the game 9-6.
The sixth inning, five-run eruption all took place with two outs and began when Casey Smith drew a four-pitch walk and Noah Braham hit a single to left field before Forbes slammed a 3-2 pitch into the parking lot at Mylan Park.
Dylan Henry (1-0) picked up the win on the mound as he wiggled out of inherited trouble in the sixth inning. Smith earned his first save of the season by striking out the side in the seventh. Zach Harman got the start and pitched five innings with three strikeouts and four hits allowed.
The Hawks collected a season-high 13 hits in the contest with Forbes and Braham each collecting three hits with Forbes adding four RBI. Cam Musgrave and Drew Herter each had two hits in the contest with Herter adding a double and one RBI. Avante Neal, Seth Coombs and Chase Edwards all had one hit in the contest with Coombs and Edwards each tacking on an RBI.
In the opening game, the Hawks fell behind 4-0 before tying the game in the fourth inning. However, UHS could not keep the Patriots off the scoreboard as they tacked on two runs in the fifth and four runs in the sixth. University was able to add one run in the sixth and two more in the seventh but the rally fell short.
Connor McDonough (0-1) took the loss on the mound in relief as he pitched 2/3 of an inning. Tony Marsh started the contest and collected six strikeouts in three and 2/3 innings of work. Chase Edwards finished the game on the mound as he scattered four hits with one strikeout.
The Hawks committed six errors in the game and only were able to muster six hits. Braham went 2-for-4 in the contest with a home run and two RBI. Herter added a double while Wenkai Campbell picked up his first varsity hit with a triple. Forbes and Musgrave each added a single to the UHS total.
Next up for University is a OVAC road contest against John Marshall on Monday before returning home for a 4:30 p.m. game against Grafton on Tuesday.
JV Hawks Sweep Patriots
MORGANTOWN – A dazzling pitching performance highlighted a doubleheader sweep for the UHS JV team on Saturday.
The Hawks beat visiting Washington 5-0 and 6-3 in the two contests.
Jordan Smolkin was the story in the first game as he allowed just two hits while striking out 10 for a complete-game shutout.
Tyler Furbee and Levi Boyd provided the offensive spark as Boyd hit a triple and Furbee added a double. Both collected an RBI with Boyd also adding a single for good measure.
Smolkin helped himself with a single and an RBI in the contest while his twin brother Josh Smolkin and Jarrett Walters each went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Brodee Latocha added a single for the young Hawks.
In the second game, a five-run fifth inning propelled UHS to the victory. Furbee picked up the win in relief as he tossed three innings and gave up just one run. Chase George earned the save with one inning of work. Braden Funk started the contest and worked three innings.
The Hawks collected eight hits in the game with no one having more than one in the lineup. Cody Thomas had the big blow with a triple. Jake Croston and Latocha each collected two RBI with one hit while George was 1-for-2 with one RBI.
Boyd, Brayden Cralton and Furbee each had one hit in the game while Jordan Smolkin added an RBI.
UHS returns to action on Thursday when it hosts Albert Gallatin for a 5 p.m. contest on Shilling Field.