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Local Trio Honored by Mountain East Conference

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The local trio of Tyler Blomquist (St. Clairsville graduate), Makenzie Amend (Wheeling Park) and Kat Donzella (Wheeling Park) were honored by the Mountain East Conference.

Blomquist was named MEC Pitcher of the Week for the West Liberty baseball team after throwing a no-hitting gem against Fairmont State.

The senior righthander rode into the history books with a 6-0 shutout on Sunday. Blomquist became the first WLU pitcher to hurl a road no-hitter in more than three decades.

A hard-throwing ace, Blomquist struck out 10 batters and walked six to help the Hilltoppers move into sole possession of second place in the MEC North Division.

The Hilltoppers are back at Kovalick Field on Friday playing host to North Division leader Wheeling in a 1 p.m. doubleheader.

Amend received the honor after playing a key role in West Liberty’s clinching its second straight MEC North Division title.

Amend, a junior, went 3-0 in four outings including a 2-0 shutout of Charleston.

She recorded 31 strikeouts against just one walk in 21 shutout innings.

The hard-throwing ace is now 8-1 on the season with a 1.09 ERA, only being scored on twice in her last 16 appearances dating back to March 21.

Donzella has been honored as the MEC Player of the Week for the second time this season.

The junior slugger went 15-for-26 at the plate for the week with more than half of her hits –five doubles, three home runs — going for extra bases.

Donzella hit .577 and slugged 1.115 with 10 runs and six RBI.

The MEC North Division champion Hilltoppers open defense of their 2019 MEC Tournament crown on Friday when they take on MEC South No. 4 seed West Virginia Wesleyan in a 2:30 p.m. first-round matchup in Salem, Va.

MEC names Dominguez co-Player of the Week

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — After hitting a scorching .706 last week, Wheeling University third baseman Luis Dominguez (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) was named the Mountain East Conference (MEC) co-Player of the Week announced the league office Monday afternoon.

Dominguez helped the Cardinals go 5-2 last week to clinch the MEC North Division crown. He extended his hitting-streak to 21 games after going 16 for 23 at the dish with 12 RBIs, six doubles and eight runs scored. He was also 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts and drew five walks during the week.

In a 26-8 game two win on Saturday at Alderson Broaddus, Dominguez was 5-for-5 with three doubles and seven RBIs. He missed game one in order to walk and receive his degree at Wheeling’s Commencement earlier in the day and drove to Philippi after the ceremony to help the Cardinals clinch the division. The following day Dominguez went 2-for-2 in game one versus the Battlers with a double.

The Bronx native opened the week going 2-for-2 with a double and three RBI in a 7-5 win over Notre Dame on Monday.

Dominguez leads the team and ranks sixth in the MEC with a .396 batting average this season.

Cardinals move up to No. 9 in NCBWA Atlantic Region Poll

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — The Wheeling University baseball team moved up one spot to No. 9 in the most recent National Collegiate Baseball Writers of America Division II Atlantic Region Poll unveiled Monday.

The Cardinals (26-10, 21-7) went 5-2 last week and clinched the Mountain East Conference (MEC) North Division crown. Wheeling swept the back-end of its series with Notre Dame (Ohio) on Monday, held on for a wild 18-17 non-conference win at Indiana (Pa.) on Tuesday, and split its four-game series with Alderson Broaddus this past weekend.

Seton Hill remained at the top of the poll with all 12 first-place votes, followed by Charleston and Millersville in the top-three.

Wheeling ranked No. 20 in final AVCA Top-25 Poll

LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Wheeling University volleyball team was ranked No. 20 in the final American Volleyball Coaches of America Division II Top-25 poll unveiled late last week.

Head Coach Christy Benner wrapped up her 19th season as head coach by collecting an impressive 13th-straight conference tournament crown. The team defeated Fairmont State 3-0 in the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Tournament Final on March 13 in Institute, West Virginia to finish the spring 2021 season 11-2 overall.

Wheeling appeared in 13 of the 14 AVCA Division II polls this spring and reached as high as No. 15 in late February. After being picked No. 24 in the preseason poll, the Cardinals and 15 other teams dropped out of the rankings on February 10 due to teams not competing in any matches. Wheeling immediately jumped back in the following week at No. 21 and remained for the final 10 polls released by the organization.

The Cardinals have been featured in the final AVCA Top-25 Poll in nine of the past 10 seasons, including a No. 1 ranking after the team won the 2015 Division II National Championship.

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