The Wheeling Jesuit baseball team dropped a mid-week Mountain East Conference double header to the visiting Urbana Blue Knights at Consol Energy Park in Washington, PA on Wednesday. Falling in a close game one 2-1, and getting trounced in game two 7-0.
The Cardinals have now lost 12 of their last 14 games to put them at 13-21 on the season (13-17 MEC) and have only managed to score two runs in their last six games.
The Cardinals had their opportunities to defeat the Urbana in game one, but couldn't surmount the 2-0 second inning deficit. A single hit could have won the game for WJU, but they instead left the bases loaded in the bottom of both the fifth and sixth innings.
Junior pitcher Josh Kernik (Shadyside, Ohio) threw a complete game for the Cardinals, striking out five batters and only allowing six hits on a 1.29 ERA.
Kernik's breaking ball caused all kids of problems for the Urbana batters, but the WJU hitters couldn't compliment his hard work, and the Blue Knights put the game away 2-1.
Game two was over for the Cardinals almost as soon as it started, with UU jumping out to a 5-0 lead before WJU even got the chance to bat.
Pitcher Dillon Sunnafrank gave up six runs on six hits through the first three innings, taking three strikeouts in the process. Sunnafrank also allowed a runner to score on a throwing error to third trying to get a runner out on a fielder's choice.
The WJU batters couldn't find the hits need to climb out of the early deficit, and ended up dropping the game 7-0.
WJU now turns their attention to a Friday/Saturday MEC series against the Fairmont Falcons at the JB Chambers, I-470 Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. both days.