Pitt-Johnstown sweeps OVU in baseball doubleheader

PARKERSBURG – Pitt-Johnstown leadoff hitter Jake Warner had a pair of 3-for-5 efforts and ninth-place hitter Sam Barbera delivered three RBIs in both games as the visiting Mountain Cats swept Ohio Valley University in a West Virginia Conference baseball doubleheader here Wednesday inside City Park by scores of 10-6 and 14-1.

“They are a good hitting club,” said Fighting Scots skipper Bob Crawford, whose team dropped to 3-11. “We’ll be better on Friday (against Bluefield).”

UP-J left-hander Kody Reighard hurled an efficient five innings in the nightcap to pick up the victory. He allowed four hits, walked one and fanned five on 73 pitches. His only mistake was on a 1-0 offering to OVU’s Tyler Wharton, who slammed a solo homer to left in the bottom of the fourth to cut the deficit to 2-1. Andrew Keirn finished up with two hitless innings.

Ohio Valley losing pitcher Eric Schweitzer hung a 1-1 breaking ball to Warner to start game two and the Mountain Cat sent it out of Bennett Stump Field for a solo bomb. Jeff Campbell’s solo dinger to left-center in the fourth made it 2-0 and Schweitzer didn’t return after finishing the fifth, where he allowed a two-run tater by lefty Mike Palkovitz to right-center.

Zach Vignero started a four-run UP-J (13-5) sixth with a one-out double and the big hit came via a Barbera two-run single back up through the box. OVU’s Andrew Sellers should’ve had a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, but a Fighting Scot error led to six unearned runs. Barbera collected a bases-loaded RBI hit by pitch while facing Raymond Morris and pinch-hitter Brett Marabito blooped a two-run single to account for the final runs of the twinbill.

In the opener, the Mountain Cats got a three-run jack from Matt McGee in the sixth to erase what was a 5-3 deficit. Although Ohio Valley, which welcomes Bluefield to town at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a single nine-inning affair, tied things up going into the top of the seventh, UP-J pushed across four runs to make a winner of relief pitcher Ryan Socol.

Ohio Valley managed its 5-3 lead, thanks in part to back-to-back home runs during a four-run third. Cody Morris launched a two-run shot and Mason Rine followed with a solo bomb, but starter Josh Saverko couldn’t get out of the sixth and Fighting Scot reliever Chris McIntyre was saddled with the loss.