Bobcats open season with 2-1 victory over Stonehill

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – West Virginia Wesleyan’s baseball team opened the 2013 campaign with a thrilling 2-1 victory over Stonehill (Mass.) on Friday.

The tightly-played pitcher’s duel ended with J.R. Tenney racing home on a Corey Lynn suicide squeeze.

Wesleyan was only able to manage two hits for the entire game. Tenney doubled in the first and scored an unearned run after the Stonehill battery provided a gift in the form of a wild pitch and a passed ball.

The 1-0 Bobcat lead held until the fourth inning when Stonehill’s Dan Fratus singled home Bill Karalis.

The score would remain deadlocked at 1-1 until the ninth as Wesleyan’s Aaron Adams and Stonehill’s Jim Duff continued to chalk up goose eggs on the scoreboard with effective pitching.

Duff’s two-hitter was countered with a five-hit, seven strikeout game from Adams. The senior lefthander only walked three in the complete-game gem.

Tenney scored the game winner in the ninth inning, reaching via error and advancing to second on a Ryan Lewicki walk.

The pair moved up a base on Aaron Weigel’s second sacrifice bunt of the game. This set the stage for Lynn’s heroics, laying down the game-winner as Tenney scored to give Adams and the Bobcats the decision.

Coach Randy Tenney’s squad dropped the day’s second contest, losing 7-0 to Franklin Pierce.

Wesleyan continues play today at Myrtle Beach with another pair of games.