The Wheeling Jesuit baseball team opened West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play by sweeping Glenville State College on the road by scores of 8-4 and 13-5. With the doubleheader sweep, the Cardinals improved to 5-8 overall and 2-0 in WVIAC play while the Pioneers fell to 1-10 overall and 0-2 in league play.
In game one, the Cardinals used ten hits to plate eight runs as Cory Wickham, Patrick Ammar and Jordan Medley led WJU’s offense with multiple hit performances. Wickham was 2-for-3 with two singles, two walks and two runs scored while Ammar was 2-for-4 with two singles, a walk and two RBI. Medley followed with two singles on four plate appearances and scored twice.
Corey Hull, Robbie Davia and Nick Briski added singles while Time Geibel recorded the Cardinals only extra-base hit when he blasted a two-run homerun in the second inning to put the Cardinals on the scoreboard. Jesuit plated two runs in the fourth inning and added three in the fifth as Hull (1) and Ammar (2) collected RBI. Wickham scored Jesuit’s final run in the seventh inning on Davia’s sacrifice fly out.
WJU pitcher Logan Hudson earned the win with six complete innings of work, allowing eight hits, four earned runs and a walk with four strikeouts. Garrett Sancomb earned the save by recording the final three outs.
In the second game, the Cardinals collected eight extra-base hits which included three home runs. Hull, Medley and Shaun Gutkin all hit round trippers while Ammar (2), Wickham, Davia and Tyler Kowalczyk unleashed doubles. Ammar led the Cardinals with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored and an RBI. Hull, Wickham, Gutkin and Medley followed with two hits each while Davia and Kowalczyk added one hit apiece.
The Cardinals plated runs in the second, third, fifth, sixth and seventh. Gutkin’s solo homerun started the scoring in the second inning, and Jesuit added a run in the third inning on an Ammar ground out to second base. The Cardinals added three runs in the fifth and sixth innings as Hull circled the bases with one swing of the bat (6 inn.). Medley was responsible for three of the Cardinals four runs in the seventh as he followed Gutkin’s sacrifice fly out with a three-run jack.
WJU pitcher Josh Kernik earned the victory with four complete innings of work, scattering five hits, a walk and a strikeout while allowing four earned runs. Cullen Hinderliter threw the final three innings, giving up five hits and one run.
Wheeling Jesuit’s doubleheader for Tuesday, March 12 against Concord has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.
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