WVSU Yellow Jackets win fourth-straight game with sweep of NDC

AVON, Ohio – West Virginia State baseball (15-9, 8-2 MEC) swept Notre Dame College (5-19, 3-7 MEC) in a doubleheader played at Mercy Health Stadium on Friday afternoon. The Yellow Jackets shutout NDC in the first game, 4-0, before they outlasted the Falcons in the second game, 6-4.

Game 1: West Virginia State 4, Notre Dame College 0

Ayden Hodges (2-3) was lights out in the first game of the afternoon. He tossed a complete game shutout and recorded a season-high 11 strikeouts. He only gave up two hits, both singles.

The first runs of the game were scored by WVSU in the top of the fourth. Chris Morris doubled to leadoff the inning, He advanced to third base on a ground out before he scored when Michael Bittinger reached base on an error by the shortstop. Bittinger then advanced to second on a ground out before he was driven in by Ryan Kay’s single through the left side of the infield, 2-0.

The Yellow Jackets tacked on two more runs in the top of the seventh. Nathan Paulsen drove in the first run with a double down the left field line, 3-0. Paulsen then came around to score the second run when Morris singled to third base, 4-0.

In the bottom of the seventh, Hodges tallied three strikeouts to preserve his shutout.

Game 2: West Virginia State 6, Notre Dame College 4

The Yellow Jackets opened the scoring in the top of the first with a sacrifice fly from Nate Paulsen that brought in Kyle Waters, 1-0.

They added two runs to their tally in the top of the second. Ryan Kay doubled down the left field line to score Ethan Spolarich from second base, 2-0. Mike Huber then grounded out to score Waters from third base, 3-0.

The Falcons got two runs back in the bottom of the second. A dropped foul ball should have ended the inning before a single through the right side of the infield drove in both runs, 3-2.

The gap was widened by WVSU in the top of the third. A Tyler Overaitis single followed by a Chris Morris double placed runners on second and third for Connor Fizer. Fizer proceeded to single up the middle and bring both baserunners home, 5-2. A third run was scored by State in the half inning when Ryan Kay singled to right field and allowed Fizer to cross home plate, 6-2.

An RBI-single by NDC in the bottom of the third cut the lead to three runs, 6-3.

Another RBI-single by Notre Dame in the fifth inning shrank the lead to two runs, 6-4. The bases were left loaded for Tyrus Baumgardner when he entered the game with two outs. He forced a ground out to prevent any further damage.

Baumgardner remained in the game until its conclusion and did not give up a hit in his 2.1 innings pitched to earn his fourth save of the season. Chris Morris was credited with the win after getting the start and remaining in the game for 4.0 innings. Only one run scored against him was earned.

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