Courtesy ofJames Garcia, Sports Information Director, West Virginia State Athletics
W: Bryant, Colin (1-1) L: Alec Mendoza (1-4)
INSTITUTE, W.Va. – West Virginia State baseball (12-10, 7-3 MEC) swept Notre Dame College (3-17, 3-7 MEC) in a doubleheader played at Cal Bailey Field on a windy Saturday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets shutout Notre Dame, 14-0, in the first game before comfortably winning the second game, 16-5.
Game 1: West Virginia State 14, Notre Dame College 0, Final/7
Starting pitcher Colin Bryant was electric in his six innings on the mound with a career-high seven strikeouts and only two hits allowed. He was relieved by Tyrus Baumgardner in the seventh inning who maintained the shutout by allowing just one baserunner with a walk before getting the final out of the game.
The Yellow Jackets inched ahead in the first inning. Leadoff man Kyle Waters reached base on an error before astute baserunning allowed him to eventually score on a groundout, 1-0. Waters then drove in a run with a single into left field in the second inning, 2-0. Later in the second, he came around to score again when Ryan Kaysingled to center field, 3-0.
The bottom of the fourth saw five runs tacked on by WVSU. Back-to-back doubles by Michael Stone and then Waters scored one, 4-0. Ryan Kay’s single to left field then brought Waters home, 5-0. Tyler Overaitisthen drove Kay in with a single up the middle, 6-0. Kay was able to advance to second base on a fielding error after his single. Mike Huber capped the inning with a two-run goner to left center, 8-0.
The next runs were recorded by State in the bottom of the sixth. Nathan Paulsen hit a three-run dinger over the left field fence, 11-0, to start the scoring. Two more runs were then able to score when Stone singled and the right fielder let the ball roll past him, 13-0. The final run of the contest was driven in by Waters with a double to the gap in right center, 14-0.
Waters went 3-for-5 in game one with two doubles, three runs batted in and three runs scored. Huber and Nate Paulsen both hit their first homeruns of the afternoon, which would not be their last.
Game 2: West Virginia State 16, Notre Dame College 5, Final/7
Veteran hurler Nick Loftis got the start in game two and only gave up one run through six innings. Four runs were scored by the Falcons in the top of the seventh, but only two were earned by Loftis. His record on the season improved to 3-3 with the complete game win.
The Yellow Jackets went yard eight times in the second game of the afternoon to generate a lopsided scoreline. Nathan Paulsen and Mike Huber hit back-to-back solo jacks to kickoff the bottom of the second, 2-0.
NDC led off the top of the third with a solo shot, 2-1.
Ryan Kay was able to score on a fielder’s choice in the bottom of the third, 3-1, before Paulsen hit his second homerun of the game. Connor Fizer was on base to increase the lead to four runs, 5-1.
The bottom of the fourth saw the Yellow Jackets post nine runs. Fizer hit an RBI-double to left field, 6-1. Huber hit a grand slam to dead center, 10-1. William Glick then homered with no one on, 11-1. Kyle Watersthen scorched a line-drive homerun over the left field fence with two men on, 14-1.
State launched back-to-back solo jacks for the second time in the bottom of the fifth, 16-1. This time, Fizer hit the first dinger before Paulsen was involved again. Incredibly, it was Paulsen’s third homerun of the game and fourth on the day.
Four runs were scored by Notre Dame in the top of the seventh, 16-5, before Loftis recorded the third out with a K.
Both Nathan Paulsen and Mike Huber had career days. Paulsen went 4-for-7 (.571) with four homeruns, seven RBIs and six runs scored on the day. Meanwhile, Huber hit 4-for-6 (.666) with three homeruns, seven RBIs and three runs scored.
West Virginia State will host Alderson Broaddus tomorrow for another in-conference twinbill. The first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Next Game: Alderson Broaddus University 4/2/2023 | 1:00 PM
PITCHINGW: Bryant, Colin (1-1)L: Alec Mendoza (1-4)
Notre Dame (OH)
SH: Devon Minney 1BASERUNNING:
HBP: Preseton Mauzy 1
PO: Alec Mendoza 1
West Virginia St.
2B:Waters, Kyle 2; Stone, Michael 1
HR:Paulsen, Nathan 1; Huber, Mike 1
RBI:Waters, Kyle 3; Kay, Ryan 2; Overaitis, Tyler 2; Paulsen, Nathan 3; Huber, Mike 2
RUNS:Waters, Kyle 3; Kay, Ryan 1; Overaitis, Tyler 1; Fizer, Connor 1; Paulsen, Nathan 2; Huber, Mike 1; Glick, William 1; Bittinger, Michael 2; Stone, Michael 2
SB:Kay, Ryan 1
HBP:Fizer, Connor 1