Cardinals Split on Day 2
Game #18: Wheeling Jesuit 3, West Virginia Wesleyan 1
Brandy Jester tossed a three-hit masterpiece as Wheeling Jesuit
shocked WVIAC regular season champion West Virginia Wesleyan 3-1.
Ashley McSweeney provided the offense for the Cards with a double
and a solo home run. Lexi Rodgers notched two of Wesleyan's three
hits and drove home the only Bobcat run with a sixth inning triple.
Score by Innings R H E
Wheeling Jesuit..... 100 110 0 - 3 4 2
West Virginia Wesley 000 001 0 - 1 3 2
Game #23: West Virginia State 2, Wheeling Jesuit 1
Faith Amrein provided the heroics again as West Virginia State
became the tournament's lone unbeaten with a 2-1 win over Wheeling
Jesuit. The freshman shortstop's fifth inning homer plated the
game-winning run. Diana Humphreys did not allow an earned run in
tossing a five-hitter for WVSU. Stacey Spicer had two of Wheeling
Jesuit's five hits.
Score by Innings R H E
Wheeling Jesuit..... 100 000 0 - 1 5 0
West Virginia State. 010 010 X - 2 4 2
Game #5: Wheeling Jesuit 3, Davis & Elkins
Heather Karasek fanned ten Davis & Elkins hitters in Wheeling
Jesuit's 3-1 victory. Home runs from Audrey Tucholski and Heather
Karasek provided the offense for the Cardinals. D&E's Britne Bacca
was the tough-luck loser. Jessy Pifer had two of the Senators'
Game #9: Wheeling Jesuit 4, Charleston 0
Ashley McSweeney and Stacey Spicer each went 3-for-3 as Wheeling
Jesuit blanked Charleston 4-0. Spicer doubled twice and knocked in
three runs as the Cards remained unbeaten. WJU pitcher Brandy
Jester pitched out of trouble as she stranded ten Charleston runners
on the afternoon. Michelle Lee's double was the lone extra-base
effort among UC's eight hits.
Wheeling advances to play WV Wesleyan at 2pm on
Friday May 2nd.
Cards Win Three of Four Final Games to Secure
The WJU softball team swept Salem and split
with Charleston to finish the regular season with a 17-9-1
conference record (24-16-1 overall.) The wins were significant to
allow the Cards to play at noon on Thursday in the first round,
instead of 10:00 am.
In the first game, a 2-1 win over Salem,
freshman Brandy Jester threw a shut out, striking out seven and
allowing five hits. Sophomore Ashley McSweeney led the offense
going 2/3 at the plate with an rbi and a stolen base. In the
nightcap, freshman Heather Karasek got the win, holding Salem to two
runs on three hits, and striking out six. Sophomores Courtney
Kurowski and Audrey Tucholski each grabbed two hits apiece with an
rbi. Sophomore Angela Petros walked twice and scored two runs in
the 5-2 win.
Charleston scored two unearned runs and out-hit
the Cards to pick up the win in Game 1, 2-1. Brandy Jester took the
loss, only allowing six hits and struck out six. The Cards could
only manufacture one run on three hits. Kurowski doubled and scored
on a bases’ loaded hit batter. In the nightcap, the Cards took Game
2, 7-6. Karasek threw four and half innings allowing four runs on
three hits. Jester entered the game in the fifth and held UC to two
runs on four hits.
The WVIAC tournament begins first round play on
Thursday May 1st. As regular season play finishes up, it
will become evident as to who the Cards will face in Game 1.
Cards Split with Fairmont
Fairmont State scored eight runs on 11 hits,
and held the Cards scoreless to take Game 1 of the conference
doubleheader. Freshman Brandy Jester was tagged with the loss. The
Cards could not get anything going offensively, having only four
players get a hit each. Six strikeouts took away any opportunities
of scoring for the usually decent offensive squad. Fairmont State’s
Alyssa Childers picked up the win.
The Cards’ offense was still shaky in the
nightcap, but they were able to push one run across to earn the
victory. Sophomore Angela Petros’ rbi double scored Ashley Morris
in the top of the fifth inning. Freshman Heather Karasek held
Fairmont to two hits. Brandy Jester earned the save, entering the
game in the seventh inning. She struck out the first two batters,
and got a ground out to end the game.
The Cards’ record is 21-15-1 overall, and
14-8-1 in the WVIAC. They finish up the 2008 regular season at home
this weekend, as they take on Salem International on Friday and
celebrate Senior Day on Sunday versus Charleston. The Salem game
begins at 3:30 pm and the Charleston game is at 1:00 pm.
Cards Reach the 20 Win Mark, Jester Named
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Freshman Brandy Jester earned Pitcher of the
Week for the second time this season. She went 4-1 on the week,
with 24 strikeouts in 29 innings, and held opponents to 12 hits and
2 earned runs.
Last week, the Cards went 4-2 in three
conference doubleheaders. Top seeded, WV Wesleyan came from behind
a 2-0 lead in the fifth and beat the Cards 4-3 in ten innings.
Freshman Brandy Jester held the Bobcats to 7 hits, striking out
three and walking two while only allowing two earned runs.
Sophomore Ashley McSweeney and freshman Amanda Cordrey led the
offense, combining for 5 hits and three runs scored. In the
nightcap, the Bobcats exploded on 18 hits to put the game out of
reach. The Cards rallied in the bottom of the seventh for three
runs, but could not overcome the large deficit. The game finished
with a score of 12-4.
The Cards bounced back against conference
newcomer, Seton Hill with a 4-1 win. Brandy Jester pitched four
complete innings, getting seven strikeouts and allowing no runs.
Sophomore pitcher Rachelle Carello entered the game in the fifth,
getting two strikeouts and holding SHU to one unearned run. Seven
Cardinals grabbed a hit, while Amanda Cordrey led the team with two
runs scored. The Cards swept SHU taking the second game 2-1.
Jester pitched seven complete innings, getting seven strikeouts and
allowing one unearned run. Junior Renee Bailey led the Cards at the
plate, going 2/2 and scoring the winning run in the bottom of the
Saturday, the Cards picked up their third win
of the week, shutting out Davis & Elkins 4-0. Jester picked up the
win, throwing five complete innings with four strikeouts and no runs
allowed. Carello came in the game as relief shutting down D&E’s
offense, allowing only one hit while getting four pop-ups.
Sophomore Angela Petros led the offense going 2/3 at the plate, with
an rbi and a run scored. In the nightcap, sophomore Heather Karasek
came back from a back injury and threw four complete innings of
shut-out work. She grabbed one strikeout, and allowed one walk.
Jester entered the game in the fifth while the game was scoreless.
In the bottom of the fifth, freshman Ashley Morris singled and
advanced to second on a fielder’s choice by sophomore Courtney
Kurowski. Morris stole third. An errant throw to try to get her,
allowed Morris to score the only run that they would need. Just to
be safe, the Cards tacked on two more insurance runs in the sixth.
An rbi single by freshman Stacey Spicer put two more runs on the
board. The game ended with a score of 3-0.
The Cards improved their record to 20-14-1
overall, and 13-7-1 in the WVIAC. They are seeded sixth in the
standings, with three more crucial doubleheaders left before the
Conference Tournament. They travel to Fairmont State Wednesday for
a game start of 4:00 pm.