The West Liberty University baseball team settled for a split with visiting Ohio Valley Tuesday afternoon in a West Virginia Conference doubleheader at Kovalick Field.
Playing at home for the first time all season, Coach Eric Burkle's Hilltoppers (16-14, 14-7) rallied to a 3-1 victory in the opener but came out on the short end of a 13-10 slugfest in the second game.
In the opener, Chris Secore gave up only three hits and an unearned run through the first six innings to get the win on the mound with Josh Graham working a perfect seventh inning for the save.
West Liberty stranded six runners through the first five innings before putting together the game-winning rally with three straight RBI singles in the bottom of the sixth.
Andrew Henry had two singles and an RBI in the game while D.J. Busby and Jon-Michael Brunner picked up the other run-scoring singles in the sixth. Josh Nagel also had a pair of base knocks.
The Fighting Scots (5-25, 1-18) scored eight runs in the first three innings of the second game and never looked back in picking up their first WVIAC win of the season.
The Hilltoppers didn't go quietly, plating a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh and bringing the tying run to the plate with just one out but the OVU bullpen got the final two outs to salvage the split.
Henry drove in a run with a double and single while Tim Mirandy had two singles and two RBIs. Busby and Travis Denman each contributed two singles and an RBI with Scott Castilow and Matt Bradford stroking out RBI doubles. Brunner also had a run-scoring single.
The Hilltoppers head to Western Pennsylvania on Saturday for a 1 p.m. doubleheader against No. 20-ranked Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pa.
West Liberty 3, Ohio Valley 1
Ohio Valley 000 100 0 – 1 3 2
West Liberty 000 003 x – 3 8 2
OVU: Schweitzer lp (3SO, 2W), Sellers (6) (0SO, 1W), Davis (7) (0SO, 0W) and Engle.
WLU: Secore wp (3SO, 3W), Graham (7) (1SO, 0W) and Nagel. Henry 2S, rbi; Nagel 2S; Busby S, rbi; Brunner S, rbi
Ohio Valley 13, West Liberty 8
Ohio Valley 251 032 0 – 13 14 7
West Liberty 030 113 2 – 10 13 0
OVU: Shepherd (1SO, 3W), Davis wp (2) (0SO, 2W), Hervey (5) (0SO, 0W), Heath (5) (3SO, 1W) and Morris. Perna 2S, 3rbi; Brown 2S, 3rbi; Rine 2S, 2rbi; Gil D, S; Shepherd 2S