Mountain Cats Drop Pair To Fairmont State
03/17/2013... (Game 1) (Game 2) After suffering a 20-2 loss in Saturday's opener of a three game WVIAC series at Point Stadium, Farimont State (WV) University bounced back to sweep the Mountain Cats 4-3 and 7-6 in nine innings on Sunday. Pitt-Johnstown slipped to 10-5 overall and 1-2 in the WVIAC Northern Division.
In the opener, the Fighting Falcons broke up John Fees' (Carrolltown, Pa.) perfect game bid with four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, highlighted by Nick Hallis' two-run homer, to earn a 4-3 victory.
Kyle Morrow (McVeytown, Pa.) went 2-for-3 with a homerun and three RBI to help Pitt-Johnstown build a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning.
Fees, who didn't allow a base runner through the first five innings, took the loss and fell to 2-1. Fees allowed four runs on four hits in the sixth inning. He also struck out eight.
In the nightcap, Pitt-Johnstown tied it at five on Matt McGee's (Beech Creek, Pa.) two-out, two-run homer in the seventh inning and took the lead 6-5 with a run in the eighth. However, the Fighting Falcons answered with a run in their half of the eighth, before winning it in the ninth when Hallis beat Ryan Matsko's (Latrobe, Pa.) throw to the plate.
Along with McGee's game-tying homer, Jake Warner (Dillsburg, Pa.) was 3-for-5 with a double and two runs, while Drew Ebersole (Martinsburg, Pa.) singled, doubled and drove in a run for the Mountain Cats.
Andrew Keirn (Dillsburg, Pa.) suffered the loss in relief and dropped to 0-2. Keirn surrendered two runs (1 earned) on three hits in 3.1 innings.
With the sweep, Fairmont State improved to 4-7 overall and 3-2 in the WVIAC Northern Division.
The Mountain Cats travel to Ohio Valley (WV) University for a WVIAC doubleheader on Wednesday, and to West Liberty (WV) University for a three-game conference series on Saturday and Sunday, before hosting a doubleheader against Glenville State (WV) College on March 27 at 1 p.m. at Point Stadium.