Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Ryan Johnston drove in four runs and Devin Smith celebrated senior day by contributing from the mound and the batter’s box as Concord University beat West Virginia Wesleyan 12-5 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the Bobcats.
Concord (28-16, 23-7 WVIAC) collected 20 hits and finished a 5-0 week. The Mountain Lions trail West Virginia State by just 0.75 power rating points for first place in the WVIAC South.
Johnston was 3-for-4, including his sixth home run of the season, to raise his batting average to .390. Andrew Seigel went 4-for-6 and stole his 22nd base of the year. Josh Wenger was 3 for 4 and Jerrod Groves batted 2 for 4.
Smith was 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. After giving up a Bobcat run in the first inning, Smith (2-3) settled down to allow only one hit and no runs over the next five innings.
Meanwhile Concord pounded 16 hits and took a 10-1 lead into the seventh. Wesleyan (16-22, 11-12) would get to Smith for five runs in the seventh, but Justin Willard came on in relief to strike out Nick Jones, getting CU out of the jam with a 10-5 lead.
Chris Baker and Tim Leather pitched shutout innings in the eighth and ninth. Concord added two additional insurance runs when Seigel scored on a passed ball in the seventh and Holt Cassada drove in Wenger with a single in the eighth.
Prior to the game, Concord’s senior class — Smith, Wenger, Willard, Jacob Mays and Drew Spear — was recognized.