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at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University - 04/14/12

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     04/14/12... (Game 1) (Game 2) Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-4 win over Pitt-Johnstown in Saturday's WVIAC Northern Division opener in Wheeling, W.Va., but Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.) and Drew Westover (Flinton, Pa.) each homered to help the Mountain Cats earn the split with a 13-8 win in game two.  Pitt-Johnstown is now 20-18 overall and 13-10 in conference-play.
     In game 1, the Mountain Cats held a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning, but Wheeling Jesuit rallied to score four runs to shock Pitt-Johnstown, 5-4.
     Pitt-Johnstown erased a 1-0 deficit with four runs in the third.  Morrow drove in a pair with a double down the left field line, before Jake Warner (Dillsburg, Pa.) scored from third on a wild pitch, and Morrow scored on a error.
     It stayed that way until the bottom of the seventh.  Mountain Cat starter John Fees (Carrolltown, Pa.) walked the first two hitters, then hit Jordan Kraus to load the bases no nobody out.  Joe Novotny (Johnstown, Pa.) replaced Fees and gave up an RBI single to Patrick Ammar, but error on the play by centerfielder Zach Vignero (Johnstown, Pa.) allowed two more runs to score to knot it at four.  Andrew Nemecek then singled to right to chase home pinch runner Nick Briski to give the Cardinals the 5-4 win.
     Morrow doubled and drove in two, while Drew Ebersole (Martinsburg, Pa.) and Nate Sabados (DuBois, Pa.) each singled for the Mountain Cats.
     Novotny took the loss in relief and slipped to 1-1 after allowing a run on two hits.  Fees pitched six-plus innings and surrendered four runs (2 earned) on nine hits.
     In game two, Westover belted a three-run home run in a seven-run Pitt-Johnstown fifth inning to break open a tie game in the 13-8 Mountain Cat victory.
     Morrow's solo home run in the top of the first put Pitt-Johnstown up 1-0.
     Dylan Gelvin (Hustontown, Pa.) doubled down to left field line in the second to score Sam Barbera (Harrisburg, Pa.) and Joe Galbraith (Brookville, Pa.) to increase it 3-0.
     Wheeling Jesuit got an unearned run in the bottom of the frame to cut it to 3-1, but Barbera's two out double in the Mountain Cat third inning drove in Nathan Pope (Hollidaysburg, Pa.) and Galbraith to make it 5-1.
     After the Cardinals came back with four runs of their own in the fourth to tie it at five, Pitt-Johnstown responded with seven runs in the sixth, highlighted by Westover's three-run homer, to break it open.
     Westover homered and drove in three, and Barbera was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI to lead the 15-hit Mountain Cat attack.  Gelvin had two hits and a pair of RBI, and Pope and Morrow each collected two hits and an RBI.  Galbraith scored for runs for Pitt-Johnstown, and Vignero and Mike Palkovitz (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) chipped in two hits.
     Derek Younker (Big Cove Tannery, Pa.) surrendered five runs (3 earned) on four hits and fanned six in four innings to improve to 6-0.
     With the split, Wheeling Jesuit is now 15-21 overall and 9-16 in the WVIAC North.
     The Mountain Cats finish the three-game WVIAC series at Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University on Sunday, before traveling to Concord (WV) University for a conference doubleheader on Wednesday.  Pitt-Johnstown will play its final home doubleheader of the 2012 season on Thursday, April 26 against Davis & Elkins WV) College at 5 p.m. at the Point Stadium.