Bridgeport, W. Va. – The Wheeling University Baseball team (12-17, 8-6) played into the wee hours of the morning on Monday, and split their doubleheader. After a late start due to the weather, the Cardinals would fall in game one 2-1 In walk- off style, before coming back to win game two by the score of 5-4. It was a long day for both teams a they kicked off Mountain East Conference (MEC) North Division Play.
Game One: Fairmont State 2, Wheeling 1
Heading into the day, game one of the doubleheader was supposed to begin at a reasonable 3 PM. However, after a few different postponements throughout the day, the two teams did not actually begin their days until 6:30 that night. With the late start, there were already warnings of the game going late into the night and boy did it get there. Each team had a run on their shoulders heading to the game’s seventh inning with the game still very much handing in the balance. It looked to be a repeat of their game one doubleheader against West Virginia State as players an fans alike saw extra innings in their future.
However, the Cardinals came up in the seventh inning and ended up being retired in order to move the game to the bottom of the inning. The Falcons had two batters reach to start the inning before a Groundball RBI single brought home the game winning run and gave Fairmont State the 2-1 victory. Wheeling dropped the first game of doubleheader action for the third straight series and moved to 0-1 in Divisional Play. With one more game still to go on the night, Wheeling would have one more chance to be able to get in the win column and fight for a chance at a series win over Fairmont State on Monday.
Game Two: Wheeling 5, Fairmont State 4
The final game of the day was a back and forth affair between the two teams with Wheeling earning a 5-4 win to split the series. Left-handed pitcher Hayden Scudder, who has been on fire in his last two starts for the team, took the mound looking to earn his third straight win. He would do just that, once again turning in a promising start on the mound. The Cardinals pounded out five runs through the games first seven innings of play, and Scudder rewarded them by turning in strong work on the mound. The Cardinals led 5-2 heading into the seventh inning and needed a short outing in the seventh to close it on out and earn the Cardinals split.
Austin Gussman came on for the save and things did not go as smoothly for the graduate student pitcher. He allowed two runs to come across in the inning, and had the tying run make it on base. However, he was able to retire the side and get out of the inning with the lead still in tack. It was enough to earn Scudder his third consecutive win on the mound as he continues to be a dominant pitcher for the team. It was a strong ending to what turned out to be a very long day for the Cardinals and they will now have a very quick turnaround as they try to earn a series win against the Falcons on Monday afternoon.
The Wheeling University Baseball team is back in action on Monday afternoon with first pitch at 1 and 3 PM.