By Sammie Valentine, Contributing Writer
The Hilltopper baseball team faced five away games this past week. They played a doubleheader against West Virginia Wesleyan on Thursday and a doubleheader against Fairmont State University on Friday, followed by another game at Fairmont on Sunday.
Against Wesleyan, the men had a split doubleheader by losing their first game 13-4 and then winning the second 13-7.
West Liberty (10-24, 8-10) was on the short end of a 5-3 score in the second game before scoring seven unearned runs with two out in the bottom of the fifth.
A pair of walks, three Bobcat errors and RBI singles from Carson Koontz and Derek Daugherty gave the Hilltoppers a 7-5 lead before Trent Chapman’s three-run homerun put the game on ice.
Fairmont State took the winnings (2-1, 6-2) from both games in the doubleheader Friday. The team lost again to Fairmont Sunday 13-3.
Senior first baseman Rudy Nagy said, “We played a lot better this week, but it was still disappointing and frustrating.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Nagy said, “Seton Hill is probably our biggest competition. Shepherd matched up well against us too, but if we play the way we are capable of playing we can win every game we play and make the tournament.”
The Hilltoppers are looking forward to conference play for the rest of the season. They faced Ohio Valley University in a doubleheader at home last night, April 19.
They play away at Seton Hill for a doubleheader Friday, April 22 and a single game on Saturday April 23.
The ballclub has seven games remaining for the year.