TNU sweeps D&E baseball team

ELKINS – Trevecca Nazarene completed a weekend sweep of Davis & Elkins by taking both ends of Sunday’s doubleheader at Harpertown fields.

TNU, which also swept Saturday’s action, won game one 12-4, and rallied for a 17-9 win in the nightcap.

The Trojans strung together seven hits in the second inning, plating eight runs to take an 8-0 lead. The offensive onslaught continued in the third inning, as three more runs crossed the plate.

Ryan Dodson put D&E on the scoreboard in the sixth with a RBI single. Bryant Hines added a RBI double, making the score 11-2 after six innings.

TNU tacked on a solo homer in the seventh. Lance Vannoy and Treavor Dubiel each registered RBIs in the seventh before a doubleplay ended the game, 12-4.

Michael Paratore (0-4) lasted only 1 1/3 innings, yielding eight runs (six earned) on seven hits with two walks and one strikeout. Jake Smith hurled 5 2/3 innings in relief, giving up four runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out one.

TNU opened the scoring in game two with a RBI single in the first inning. Matt Moceri promptly tied the game at 1-1 with a RBI double in the bottom of the inning.

Dodson put D&E in front with a RBI single, and later scored on a two-run double by Travis Phelps, giving the Senators a 4 -1 lead after one inning.

Dylan Appel notched a RBI double in the second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Moceri, extending the lead to 6-1. TNU trimmed the margin to 6-3 with a two-run homer in the fifth.

Dubiel drove home Moceri in the bottom half, making the score 7-3. A Senator error led to three runs for the Trojans in the sixth, cutting the lead to 7-6. TNU sent 13 men to the plate in the eighth, with eight ultimately crossing the plate, as the visitors took a 14-7 lead. The Trojans tacked on three runs in the ninth.

Tyler Honeycutt earned a no-decision after tossing 7 1/3 innings, allowing seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits with a pair of strikeouts and two walks. Brennan Dettinger (0-1) surrendered seven runs (six earned) on four hits with a pair of walks and two hit batters. Noah Jarboe gave up three runs on three hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.

D&E will travel to Wheeling Jesuit at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a doubleheader.

Wesleyan defeats Falcons

BUCKHANNON – West Virginia Wesleyan earned a sweep against Fairmont State Sunday in Mountain East Conference play.

The Bobcats (7-13, 4-13 MEC) took the opener 2-1 in nine innings and the nightcap, 6-3.

James Fraser’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth was the difference in the opener. Zach Oliver went the distance to earn the win, striking out five and walking one.

Wesleyan trailed 3-0 in the second game before erupting for six runs in the fourth inning. John Koon had a pair of hits for the Bobcats.

Buckhannon-Upshur High School product Daniel Powell earned the victory on the mound, while James Gainer, formerly of Elkins High School, earned the two-inning save.

Wesleyan will visit West Virginia State at 1 p.m. Saturday for a doubleheader.


D&E men secure G-MAC title

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins men’s tennis team secured the G-MAC regular-season title with wins over Central State (9-0) and Cedarville (8-1) over the weekend.

The league title marks the first under fifth-year head coach Otis Cutshaw.

The Senators dispatched the Marauders with little problem in Friday’s 9-0 win.

D&E jumped to a 3-0 edge following doubles play against the Yellow Jackets. D&E claimed victories in singles all the singles, including Vincent Hamon’s 6-4, 6-2, win at the No. 1 singles, which clinched the match and the league title.

Men’s tennis is in its first year as a G-MAC sponsored sport, and features only three programs -D&E, Cedarville and Central State.

Lady Senators cruise

ELKINS – The Davis & Elkins women’s tennis team moved into the driver’s seat for the G-MAC women’s tennis crown with wins over Central State (9-0) and Cedarville (6-3) over the weekend.

The Marauders provided little resistance for the Senators, as D&E swept all nine matches.

The Senators held a 2-1 lead at the conclusion of doubles play against Cedarville. Erika Ridgway sealed the win for D&E with a 6-1, 6-3 win in No. 6 singles. Natela Portshidze earned a key victory in a third set tiebreaker at the No. 2 singles position.