Fairmont State 10,
Davis & Elkins 3
Fairmont State defeated Davis & Elkins 10-3 in an elimination game behind Randy Tallhamer’s 3-for-3, one-homerun, five-RBI day. FSU pitcher Nick Opferman tossed a gem, scattering 13 hits and striking out eight batters while allowing just three runs over eight innings pitched.
The Fighting Falcons struck first when Tallhamer sent a double down the left field line that scored Jonathan Fansler, who reached base earlier in the inning with a double, in the first inning.
FSU extended its lead to 3-0 off of one-run innings in the third and fourth, before putting the game out of reach with a three-run fifth inning that was highlighted by a two-run RBI-double from Phil Longnecker.
Davis & Elkins battled back with one run the fifth and two more in the seventh, but the Senators could not contain the Fairmont State offense that went on to score two more insurance runs in the sixth and eighth inning on the way to the seven-run victory.
Fansler, Longnecker and Josh Wine joined Tallhamer with multi-hit games as well for FSU. Davis & Elkins was led by Matt Moceri, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
West Virginia State 5,
West Virginia State continued its winning ways in the 2013 WVIAC Baseball Tournament, defeating Shepherd 5-3 Thursday.
Chad Murphy led off the scoring for the Rams (26-21) with an RBI single to left-center to give Shepherd an early 1-0 lead.
The Yellow Jackets (29-17) took the lead in the bottom of the third with a four-run inning. Jack Hudson tied the game with a sacrifice fly, and WVSU went ahead on an Anthony Payne RBI single. Garret Kiser hit a RBI single down the right field line, and Payne scored the final run of the inning to give the Yellow Jackets a 4-1 lead.
The Rams climbed back into the game in their half of the fifth with a two-run home run from Ryan Messina to pull within one, 4-3. SU had an opportunity to reclaim the lead in the sixth with the bases loaded, but Kiser, playing in left field, made a spectacular catch to end the inning.
Andrew Pickering added an insurance run in the bottom of the seventh with a leadoff round-tripper to left field for his third hit of the day. Pickering and Payne finished with three hits each.
Jake Cook and Murphy led the Rams with two hits apiece.
Tyler Thompson earned the win after eight innings on the mound. He sruck out nine, while Joshua Falbo earned his second save of the tournament.