WVU Tech stayed hot on the baseball diamond earlier last week, but the week ended on a down note.
On Tuesday, the Golden Bears disposed of streaking Shawnee State 6-5, and they followed that with an 8-1 defeat of former WVIAC foe Bluefield State Wednesday.
In Shawnee State, Tech faced a team riding a four-game win streak. It didn’t reach five, as freshman starting pitcher Ryan Kessinger dominated Shawnee, going 6 1/3 innings while allowing just two runs on eight hits.
Tech was led at the plate by freshman Ryan Workman, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
In the bottom of the eighth, Tech senior Eric Helton broke open a 3-3 tie by lining a base hit up the middle to score the two go-ahead runs. Tech pushed across one more run in the eighth and held on in the final inning for the one-run win.
The Bluefield matchup marked the first time the two schools have met since WVU Tech left the WVIAC.
Freshman Brett Kemerer had the best outing of his young collegiate career, baffling the Blues for seven innings by allowing just one run on seven hits. The Nitro High School graduate yielded the lone run in the bottom of the first, then he proceeded to shut down Bluefield State for the next six innings.
Helton led the charge at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBIs and a run scored. Seven out of the nine starters for Tech had base hits as the hosts cruised to an 8-1 win.
This past weekend, the Golden Bears were welcomed Campbellsville University, the defending Mid-South Conference champs, to town for a four-game set. Entering the weekend, Tech had won four of its last five outings.
The Golden Bears were swept by the Tigers, ranked preseason No. 8 in the country.
On Saturday, senior Jeff Krauklis, of Clay, took to the mound in the final outing of the series and pitched a complete game for the Bears, allowing just two runs on seven hits. But Tech’s offense didn’t provide support, and the hosts dropped the final game of the series 2-0.
The Tigers rolled in Friday’s doubleheader, 13-2 and 10-2, and posted an 18-2 verdict in Saturday’s opener.