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Bobcats take two games from Concord

March 19, 2012
By Jesse Skiles - Staff Writer , The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia Wesleyan captured two-out-three games over the weekend against the visiting Concord Mountain Lions. Coach Randy Tenney's squad swept a pair of games Saturday by scores of 13-2 and 7-1. Concord rebounded for a 9-6 victory on Sunday.

Pitchers Warren Hammel and Aaron Adams both provided sterling performances on the mound to lead Saturday's victories. Hammel pitched six strong innings, allowing only five hits and two runs. He was complemented by a 13-run attack that included three hit games (and a double from each) from Ryan Lewicki, Gene Franks, and Mark Darlington. Spencer Webley added two hits and J.R. Tenney scored three runs in the win.

Adams was dominant in his start, going the distance, allowing only two hits and a single run. Corey Flickinger led the offense with a 3-for-3 game that included a double and a home run. Aaron Wiegel also went 3-for-3 and cather Mitch Tomlinson added two hits.

Concord won the final game by staking an early 9-2 advantage. Wesleyan cut the margin with a four-run sixth but could not complete the comeback. Six of the 12 Wesleyan hits in the game were doubles, as Franks produced another three-hit game and Wiegel another two-hit performance. Both of Wiegel's knocks were doubles in the defeat.

Wesleyan ended the weekend 9-11 overall and 4-3 in the WVIAC. Concord falls to 7-15 overall and 3-4 in the league.

College track

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - West Virginia Wesleyan's track teams traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina over the weekend, competing in the three-day 49er Classic. The Bobcats placed in four different men's events and three women's events in the meet that included over 30 collegiate teams.

Barry Franklin led the Wesleyan men, placing first overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:18.57. Cuylor Edgell placed fourth in the decathlon (6364), Stephon Knox fifth in the 110-meter high hurdles (14.73), and the 4x100 relay team of Knox, Jerry Budd, James Williamson, and Tim Lewis posted a 43.00 mark for sixth place.

Nikki Emborski and Leah Stone each provided sixth place finishes for the women's team. Emborski scored 3789 points in the heptathlon, while Stone raced to a 12:31 time in the 3000-meter steeplechase. Ashli Knotts and Jenna Howell followed Emborski closely in the heptathlon, scoring 3778 and 3767 points respectively to place seventh and eighth. Morgan Hershey also found the scoring column, placing eighth in the javelin with a toss of 117'11".

"We made some solid moves forward in a few areas, but definitely have some work to do in a few other areas," Wesleyan head coach Jesse Skiles said.

"At this point, we have some extremely key individuals that we need to get healthy over the next couple of weeks."

Wesleyan returns to action next week, traveling to Wheeling Jesuit on March 24.



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