West Virginia State Finishes Weekend Sweep, Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive





West Virginia State Sports Information


The WVSU baseball team entered weekend play three game behind rival Charleston for the third and final Southern Division spot in the MEC championship tournament.

The Golden Eagle won three out of four against Concord.

The Yellow Jackets responded by sweeping all four games in Institute from visiting Glenville State.

“The guys have had several opportunities to throw in the towel this year,”WVSU baseball coach Sean Loyd said. “But they keep fighting back, I’m proud of them.”

The Yellow Jackets now go into next weekend’s regular season ending four game set against Charleston in control of their own destiny.

“These were like playoff games,” said Loyd. “Next weekend’s will be too.”

Sundays first game was the third straight hard fought decision between the squads.

WVSU jumped out to 3-1 and then 6-2 leads but the Pioneers rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to turn a snoozer into a nailbiter.

Yellow Jacket starter Hunter Bradley was up to the task though and was able to finish off the complete game by drawing a second out foul
fly to third and a game ending fly to center, both with the tying run on third.

Phil Mandt and Chris Ruppenthal each drove in a pair if runs to pace the offense.

The WVSU players were finally able to relax a little in game two.

The Jackets scored six times in the first and led 11-2 after three innings before rolling to a 15-5 victory.

Jalen Benjamin drove in four runs with Phil Mandt and Brandon Wright each knocking in three. Jared Hunt cintributed four hits and knocked in two runs.

Tyler Hall thew seven strong Iinnings to pick up the win.

“All four of our starters were going on short rest,” Loyd pointed out. Last weekend’s games at West Virginia Wesleyan ended up being played Monday and Tuesday due to rain.

“And they all did a great job of keeping us in games.”

Now they will be called to repeat that performance one more time.

Saturday’s doubleheader at Cal Bailey Field will begin at 1 p.m.

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