St.Clairsville Product Tyler Blomquist Fires No-Hitter for WLU
BRIDGEPORT – Tyler Blomquist threw a no-hitter and the West Liberty University baseball team swept a Mountain East Conference doubleheader from Fairmont State on a sunny Sunday afternoon at the Bridgeport Athletic Complex.
Coach Eric Burkle’s Hilltoppers (18-17, 16-12) came from behind to pull out a 4-2 win in the first game before riding Blomquist’s strong right arm into the history books with a 6-0 shutout in the finale.
Blomquist became the first WLU pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Parker Dyson’s 3-0 no-hit gem against Fairmont State on April 30, 2017 at Kovalick Field and the first to hurl a road no-hitter in more than three decades.
A senior right-hander from St. Clairsville, Ohio, Blomquist struggled with control at times but maintained swing-and-miss stuff throughout. He allowed six walks but recorded 10 of his 21 outs via the strikeout route and his teammates played errorless defense behind him.
The crafty veteran saved some of his best stuff for last. He retired Fairmont’s E.J. Trickett on a deep fly ball to center to open the seventh before striking out the final two hitters. Blomquist got Brycen Virgili to chase a fastball out of the zone for the second out before snapping a curveball across the inside edge for strike three against Nick Schroader, setting off a wild celebration.
Wheeling splits series with
Alderson Broaddus to clinch
MEC North Division
PHILIPPI — The Wheeling University baseball team clinched the Mountain East Conference (MEC) North Division with a series split with Alderson Broaddus by scores of 10-7 and 6-5.
Luis Dominguez was phenomenal at the plate for the Cards. He went 5-for-5 with three doubles, seven RBIs, three runs scored and two walks drawn.
Jacob Murray posted three hits, including a home run, with four RBI and three runs scored.
Vandusen leads men’s team
on day one of
MEC Track & Field Championships
GLENVILLE — Senior Brian Vandusen won the long jump and placed third in the high jump to lead the performances by the Wheeling University men’s track & field team on day one of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Championships.
Vandusen established a mark of 7.47 meters to win the long jump, while sophomore Cameron Ferguson took second overall at 7.02 meters.
GLENVILLE — The Cardinal Women’s Track & Field team won a trio of events on day one of the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Outdoor Championships.
Wheeling claimed the top-four spots in the pole vault. Senior Danielle Stewart established a new MEC Championship Meet record in the pole vault when she cleared 3.85 meters on her first attempt. Freshman Keala McCurry took second at 3.60 meters, Kimbria Lance took third at 3.20 meters, while Gemma Starrs took fourth at 3.20 meters (failed attempt).
Senior Liz Fleming established an NCAA Provisional mark to win the hammer throw. Her mark of 54.31 meters won the event.
Freshman Jaci Rife won the long jump with a personal-record mark of 5.68 meters.
Hilltoppers Start Strong
GLENVILLE — Hannah Kemp scored a runaway win in the 10,000 meters here Sunday as the Mountain East Conference Track Championships began its three-day run at Morris Stadium on the campus of Glenville State College.
Kemp, the reigning MEC Cross Country Runner of the Year, continued her spectacular sophomore season by finishing nearly half a lap ahead of her closest pursuer in the 10,000-meter final. Kemp hit the finish line in 38:22.33 with Charleston’s Mercy Jepleting a distant second at 38:46.51.
West Liberty Clinches Second Straight MEC North Division Title
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The West Liberty University softball team clinched its second straight Mountain East Conference North Division championship by splitting a doubleheader at Notre Dame (Ohio), with a 12-0 win and a 3-2 loss.
In the opener, Kat Donzella homered, doubled and drove in three runs all in the first inning to fuel a 7-run explosion for West Liberty. The Hilltopper bats weren’t finished as they racked up five more runs in the top of the fifth in rolling to the five-inning mercy rule win.
OVAC 4A Championship
Oak Glen 6, Edison 3
WHEELING — Maddie McKay struck out 15 and Olivia Munoz homered and drove in three runs to help Oak Glen secure an OVAC title.
OVAC 2A Championship
Caldwell 10, River 0
WHEELING — Madi Mumaw fired a no-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk as Caldwell quieted River for the OVAC title.
OVAC 1A Championship
Conotton Valley 11, Madonna 0
WHEELING — Madonna only managed one hit as it fell to Conotton Valley in the OVAC title game.
Linsly 17, Steubenville Catholic 9
STEUBENVILLE — Gia Recrosio smacked three hits and drove in three as Linsly downed Steubenville Catholic.
Karena Recrosio and Sophia Monk each delivered two singles, a double and one RBI for the Cadets.
Meadowbrook 3, St. Clairsville 1
MEADOWBROOK — Rachel Finnical singled and plated a run but Meadowbrook edged the Red Devils.
OVAC 4A Semifinal
Weir 8, Indian Creek 6
WEIRTON — Jack Scopel singled and drove in three, while Mason Drobish tripled and plated two as Weir beat Indian Creek to go to the OVAC title.
Aiden Ferndandez struck out 11 for the Redskins.
OVAC 2A Semifinal
Toronto 9, River 3
TORONTO — Evan Wolter recorded two singles and two RBIs to lead Toronto past River in the OVAC Semifinal.
Avery Wiegand and Caleb Leasure each tallied two singles and a RBI.
Steubenville Catholic 2
RICHMOND — Gage Cline doubled and drove in three runs as Edison beat Steubenville Catholic convincingly.
Ian McBane added a triple, a single and two RBI.