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WISE - - UVa-Wise will have its only baseball prospect cam of the year at Stallard Field on Saturday, Oct. 28. This pro-style camp is open to all high school and age junior college players interested in playing NCAA Division II baseball. The cost of the camp is $40.

Each camper will get an opportunity to improve and showcase their abilities through specialized instruction from the UVa-Wise coaching staff, as well as current UVa-Wise players. Student-athletes and parents will participate with Cavalier coaches in a recruiting question and answer session, learning valuable information about the recruiting process. Campers will have the opportunity to be timed in the 60 yard dash, get their bat speed and exit velocity, as well as their positional and pitching velocity.

Additionally, assistant coach Brandon Costa will take student-athletes and parents on a campus tour.

Registration will open at 9:30 a.m. and the prospect camp will begin at 10 a.m. Athletes may pre-register for the event here: Camp Registration.



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WISE - - Head Baseball Coach Hank Banner announced the addition of Brandon Costa to his staff on Friday. Costa will serve as the program's recruiting coordinator and hitting instructor effective immediately. The coach comes to UVa-Wise after most recently serving as an assistant coach at NCAA Division I Radford University where he helped the Highlanders to the Big South Tournament Championship last spring.

A native of North Wales, Pa., Costa was part of the 2013 Concord University team that set a school record for wins with 36. That year, the catcher aided Concord to the regular season Mountain East Conference crown.

He began his coaching career in 2014 where he served as the Head Coach of the CrabFest All-American 11U squad before becoming a catching coach and camp coordinator at Concord University.

Costa then moved on to the University of Charleston where he served as the program's recruiting coordinator and assistant coach before his stint at Radford.

"We are extremely happy to have someone with Brandon's experience and talent joining our staff," stated Banner. "In addition to his recruiting and hitting instruction, we feel Brandon will have a positive impact on the defensive work of our catchers."

Costa obtained a bachelor's degree in recreation and tourism management before adding a master's degree in strategic leadership from the University of Charleston.

UVa-Wise returns 23 players from last spring, the team will begin fall practice on Sept. 4.



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WISE - - The start of UVa-Wise freshman Nate Thompson's collegiate career did not go unnoticed as the Wise, Va. native was named Mountain East Conference Freshman of the Year and All-MEC Second-Team as a utility player and as a relief pitcher.

The Central High School product did it all for the Cavaliers this spring as he posted a 1.65 ERA with 26 strikeouts in 32 2/3 innings pitched this spring. Thompson made nine appearances for UVa-Wise on the mound, including five starts. The right-hander hurled a complete game four-hitter against West Virginia Wesleyan in his final home start of the year while adding five strikeouts in the win.

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound hurler added a pair of saves while limiting opponents to a .207 batting average in his first collegiate season.

At the plate, Thompson led UVa-Wise with a .328 batting average while adding nine extra-base hits and slugging .433. The utility man spent time at all three outfield positions, designated hitter and first base during the year and posted a team-high nine-game hitting streak from April 9 – April 25.

Thompson was the only player selected to earn All-Conference accolades at two different positons and is the first baseball player at UVa-Wise to accomplish the feat. Additionally, he's the second player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year accolades by a conference. 



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WISE - - UVa-Wise and visiting Concord split a pair of one-run games in the regular season finale Sunday at Stallard Field. The Cavaliers won game one 6-5 on a walk-off two-run single by junior Stuart Paz to cap a four-run seventh before the Mountain Lions outlasted the hosts 9-8 in 10 innings in the night cap. The doubleheader concludes the regular season for UVa-Wise while Concord will advance to next week's Mountain East Conference Tournament.

Concord (26-23, 19-13 MEC) took a 5-0 lead over the first five innings of the opener as Jordan Clark, Jake Divers and Brett Simmons each had an RBI in the fourth inning to stake the visitors to a 3-0 lead.

An inning later, Chad Frazier belted a two-run homer to give the Mountain Lions a five-run cushion.

Freshman Trevor Nevill started the comeback for UVa-Wise (19-31, 13-19 MEC) in the sixth when his two-run double scored Paz and freshman Nate Thompson.

In the seventh, redshirt freshman Josh Haga singled to lead off the frame before back-to-back walks to sophomore Cal Bailey and freshman Tyler Blaum loaded the bases.

After two outs, Thompson singled through the right side of the infield to make it a 5-3 game. A batter later, sophomore David Thomas was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to cut the deficit to one.

Paz provided the walk-off win when he lined a single to left field allowing Thompson and Blaum to cross the plate for the decisive runs.

Paz led a 10-hit effort for the Cavaliers by going 3-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Thompson and Haga also had multi-hit games as each player finished with two hits.

Sophomore Kellen Larkin (2-1) picked up the mound win in relief as the right-hander tossed two innings of scoreless relief.

Game two saw the Cavaliers jump out to a six run advantage as Thomas, Paz and Blaum each had an RBI as part of a five-run first for Hank Banner's Club.

An inning later, Thomas cashed in his second RBI of the day to push the lead to 6-0.

In the top of the third, Frazier got the Mountain Lions on the board when he singled home Nathan Neff to cut the deficit to 6-1.

In the top of the fifth, Paul Williams knocked in Ryan Fralin before Neff scored on a passed ball to make the score 6-3.

The score would remain unchanged until the seventh when Trevor Wiersma doubled home Neff and Eric Webb had an RBI fielder's choice to make it a 6-5 game.

An Adrian Peralta solo homer tied it for Concord in the eighth only to see Haga belt a two-run homer in the bottom half of the frame to push the Cavs back on top 8-6.

Unrelenting, Concord answered with a two-run single by Divers in the eighth before an error allowed the guests to win 9-8 in 10 innings.

The Cavs lined 10 hits for the second consecutive game as freshman Jordan Tuner, Thomas and Paz each picked up two hits in the season finale.

 



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ATHENS, W.Va. - - Concord University claimed a doubleheader sweep of visiting UVa-Wise in baseball action Friday. The Mountain Lions held off the Cavaliers 3-2 in the opener before run-ruling the guests 16-6 in the finale.

UVa-Wise (18-30) fell behind 3-0 in the opener before mounting a comeback in the sixth inning.

The Cavs scored an unearned run in the inning before freshman Mathew Branham's RBI groundout plated the second run.

It would be all Hank Banner's club would get as Concord (25-22)Cody Dooley would get out of the jam and earn the save.

Freshman Nate Thompson had two of UVa-Wise's four hits in the game one loss.

Game two saw the Mountain Lions line 19 hits in the 16-6 triumph.

Freshman Trevor Nevill had three hits, while junior Stuart Paz and sophomore David Thomas had two hits each in the loss.

The series concludes Sunday at 1 p.m. when the teams meet in Wise.



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WISE, Va. – Cavalier softball junior right-handed pitcher Taylor Brandts and UVa-Wise baseball freshman utility player Nate Thompson earned Female and Male Cavalier of the Month honors, respectively, for the month of April.
 
Brandts had one of the best months inside the circle for the Cavs in all of NCAA Division II softball. The King George, Virginia (King George H.S.), native went a perfect 12-0 with one save in 11 starts and 13 game appearances. In 83 innings of work, Brandts gave up just three runs and struck out a total of 88 batters to own an ERA of 0.17 for April.
 
The right-hander began the month by tossing eight consecutive complete game shutouts, just two games off the all-time NCAA Division II record, and went 56-straight innings without allowing a run. Despite giving up 30 hits in the 13 appearances, Brandts only gave up three extra-base hits in two different games. She was twice named Mountain East Conference Pitcher of the Week and earned three national pitcher of the week accolades.
 
During the week of April 3-10, Brandts went 3-0 with three complete game road shutouts and 32 strikeouts. In a 4-0 game one win at Wheeling Jesuit University on April 8, Brandts struck out a career-high 14 batters before tallying 11 strikeouts the next day during a 1-0 game one shutout at West Liberty University. For her performances during that week she was named MEC and Fastpitch News (FPN) Pitcher of the Week.
 
The junior had an even more impressive week April 10-17 as Brandts tossed two no-hitters at Cavalier Field. On April 14 she struck out eight in a 2-0 game one win over Shepherd University, before striking out six for a 8-0, five-inning game one victory over Fairmont State University on April 15. For her back-to-back no-hitters Brandts claimed the prestigious National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Pitcher of the Week plaudit, in addition to earning both MEC and FPN Pitcher of the Week honors for the second-straight week.
 
Thompson, a native of Wise, Virginia (Central H.S.), was sensational for the Cavs on the mound and at the plate in April as he posted a .348 batting average and a 1.17 ERA for the month. He began the month with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate and a four inning save in his team's 8-7 win over Fairmont State University on April 2. A week later, Thompson lined four hits and hurled two innings of scoreless relief in a series at Glenville State College.
 
After posting a hit in all four games at West Virginia State, the local product returned home to put together an impressive home stand. Thompson opened a four-game series against the University Charleston in centerfield and went 3-for-5 with a pair of RBI and three runs scored before surrendering one earned run on the mound later in the day. He would move between the outfield and first base over the next two games in the series as he pushed his hitting streak to a team-high nine games.
 
The utility man finished the month with a complete game four-hitter in a win over MEC Division leader West Virginia Wesleyan. The start was highlighted by retiring 16 consecutive hitters, as the right-hander did not allow a walk while striking out five in his first collegiate complete game. At the plate, he finished the series by going 6-11 over the final three games with four RBI and two runs scored. Through April, Thompson leads the team with a 0.92 ERA and a .331 batting average.


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WISE - - Senior Nathan Hatmaker fired 7 1/3 innings of shutout ball to combine with freshman Greg Duncan on an eight-hit shutout as UVa-Wise claimed an 8-0 win in game two to earn a doubleheader split with visiting West Virginia Wesleyan at Stallard Field Sunday afternoon. The split wrapped up a four game series that saw each school win a pair of games. The Bobcats overcame a five-run deficit to win game one 8-6.

West Virginia Wesleyan (20-25, 17-11 MEC) got off to a fast start in the opener as an Austin Keene RBI single scored Greg Smith to give the guests a 1-0 lead.

Things began to unravel for the Bobcats' pitching staff in the second as UVa-Wise (18-28, 12-16 MEC) scored five runs without a hit as Wesleyan issued seven walks in the frame.

The Cavs tacked on a sixth run in the home third when freshman Nate Thompson (Wise, Va./Central H.S.) produced an RBI groundout allowing sophomore Cal Bailey (Suffolk, Va. Kings Fork H.S.) to scamper home.

A half inning later, the Bobcats began their comeback as Erik Forbrick doubled to lead off the inning and moved to third one batter later on an error. After back-to-back outs, Smith plated two runs with a double down the left field line to cut the UVa-Wise lead to 6-3.

The visitors got within two when centerfielder John Koon blasted a solo homer down the right field line to lead off the top of the fifth.

An inning later, Wesleyan would score four unearned runs to take an 8-6 lead. The big blow in the frame came on Keene's two-run double.

Second baseman turned pitcher Hunter Rotarius and closer Chris Metrick shut down the UVa-Wise offense as the pair pitched four innings of scoreless relief to complete the comeback win. The win improved Rotarius to 3-3 on the season while the save was the eighth for Metrick.

Game two saw the senior Hatmaker (Harrogate, Tenn./Cumberland Gap H.S.) lock horns with Wesleyan freshman hurler Travis Perry.  The duo traded zeros over the first four innings before an error gave life to the Cavalier offense in the bottom of the fifth.

Bailey reached on an error to lead off the inning before moving to second Matthew Branham (Wise, Va./John I. Burton H.S.) singled up the middle to put two on with nobody out. Following a groundout, Thompson bounced out to shortstop to plate Bailey and the game's first run of the day.

A batter later, sophomore David Thomas (Goodview, Va./Staunton River H.S.) singled down the right field line to score Branham and stake Hatmaker to a 2-0 lead.

The southpaw wiggled out of trouble all day but kept the Bobcats off the scoreboard. Wesleyan had at least one base runner in each inning Hatmaker worked and stranded multiple base runners in three frames.

UVa-Wise plated some insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Trevor Nevill (Hoover, Ala./Reinhardt University) walked and later scored on a three-base error. Bailey plated the second run of the inning with a solid single through a drawn in left side of the infield to make it a 4-0 game.

After a one out single in the eighth, Hatmaker departed after 118 pitches to give way to freshman Greg Duncan (Centreville, Va./Westfield H.S.). The right-hander was perfect out of the pen as he retired all five men he faced to seal the victory.

The Cavs put the game out of reach with a four-run eighth as Bailey knocked in a pair of runs to go with a fielder's choice sacrifice RBI from Jordan Turner (Berryville, Va./Clarke County H.S.) and a run-scoring hit by Thompson.

Bailey had one of the better games of his career to lead an 11-hit offensive effort as the second baseman went 2-4 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored. Thompson finished 3-5 with two RBI while Nevil became the third player with multiple hits in the win as he finished 2-3 with a walk.

By virtue of the split, UVa-Wise remains in contention for the final berth in the upcoming Mountain East Conference Tournament. Hank Banner's club will have to sweep Concord in a split four game series next week to join the field. The series begins Friday in Athens, W.Va. before concluding next Sunday in Wise.



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WISE - - Freshman right-hander Nate Thompson hurled a complete game four-hitter and fellow freshman Matthew Branham smacked a three-run homer as UVa-Wise upended West Virginia Wesleyan 5-1 in game one before the Bobcats struck for five runs in the sixth and seventh inning to post an 11-7 win in the night cap.

UVa-Wise (17-27, 11-15 MEC) received a shot in the arm from Thompson in the opener. The Wise, Va. (Central H.S.) product allowed a leadoff single when Greg Smith reached after a diving effort by Cavalier shortstop Jordan Turner (Berryville, Va./Clarke Co. H.S.).

The next Bobcat (19-24, 16-10) to reach base would come 16 batters later when Hunter Rotarius singled up the middle with one out in the sixth inning.

While Thompson would mowing down the opposition, Branham was continuing his hot hitting. The former John I. Burton standout smacked a three-run homer as part of a five-run second inning to stake Thompson to a 5-0 lead.

The other two runs in the frame came when freshman Dante Salerno (Leighton, Pa./Marian Catholic H.S.) perfectly executed a safety squeeze to allow redshirt freshman Trevor Nevill (Hoover, Ala./Reinhardt University) to scamper home. Thompson provided the fifth run of the frame when his groundball to shortstop allowed Turner to race home.

Wesleyan finally got to Thompson in the seventh frame with two outs when Austin Keened doubled down the left field line before coming around to score on Ryan Kiser's run-scoring single.

Thompson finished the game with an exclamation point when he struck out Erik Forbick to end the contest.

With the win, the right-hander improves to 2-1 on the season and his ERA now stands at 0.92.

Zach Henderson took the loss as the left-hander surrendered five runs (three earned) in 2 2/3 innings of work. Relievers Alex Wall and Julio Medina combined to toss 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief for Wesleyan.

Josh Haga (Salem, Va./Salem H.S.) joined Salerno, Nevill and Branham as Cavs who had a hit in the win.

Game two was scoreless going to the fourth inning as Bobcats' starter Griffin Roe and Cavs' starter Nevill traded zeros on the Stallard Field scoreboard.

That changed in the fourth when Wesleyan broke through for an unearned run.

In the home half of the inning, Tyler Blaum (Mechanicsville, Va./Atlee H.S.) doubled home Haga and Stuart Paz (Culpepper, Va./Montgomery C.C.).

Branham pushed UVa-Wise's lead to 3-1 with a mammoth blast over the centerfield wall in the fifth inning.

Things became unraveled for the Cavs in the top of the sixth. The Bobcats loaded the bases with nobody out and after Domonic Castello flew out to left field, Rotarius was hit by a pitch to make the score 3-2. A strikeout of Greg Smith would get UVa-Wise an out away from wiggling out of the jam only to see an infield single off the bat of Jason Fraser to tie the game.

A batter later, John Koon busted things open with a bases clearing three-run double to put the visitors in front 6-3.

Blaum's third RBI of the game would come by way of a sacrifice fly allowing Haga to score in the home sixth to make the score 6-4.

A half inning later, Wesleyan countered with its second consecutive five-run frame. Back-to-back walks began the frame before Antonio Vega reached a perfectly executed bunt single. After a RBI groundout by Castello, Fortbrick pushed the lead to 8-4 when he jarred the ball loose from Blaum on a play at the plate.

Fraser would deliver the knockout blow in the inning with a three-RBI double to centerfield to push the lead to 11-4.

The Cavs put up a comeback bid with three runs thanks to RBI hits from David Thomas (Goodview, Va./Staunton River H.S.), Paz and Haga.

It would be as close as Hank Banner's club would get as the bullpen duo of Dillon Isom and Chris Mettrick shut the door for Wesleyan and evened the series at a game apiece.

Haga led an 11-hit effort for UVa-Wise with three hits while Paz and Thompson had two hits each.

Fraser (4) and Koon (3) combined for seven RBI in the game two win.

The same two teams will be back at it in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

 



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WISE - - Freshman Jordan Turner sent the Cavalier faithful home happy Tuesday night as the former Clarke County High School standout doubled down the right field line to score Matthew Branham for a walk off victory in the bottom of the ninth as UVa-Wise upended the University of Charleston 4-3 in game two of a doubleheader at Stallard Field. The Golden Eagles won the opener 6-4 as the two schools split the four-game Mountain East Conference series.

UVa-Wise (16-26, 10-14 MEC) found itself in a two run deficit in the home seventh of game two when Josh Haga had an RBI fielder's choice to cut the deficit to 4-3. The Salem, Va. native then swiped second base before coming around to score on freshman Matthew Branham's RBI single to tie the game.

Freshman Greg Duncan fired back-to-back scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth inning, allowing the Cavaliers came to bat in the home ninth looking for a walk off victory.

After the first two hitters were retired, Branham walked on a 3-2 pitch to bring Turner to the plate. The Berryville, Va. product lined an 0-1 pitch down the right field line where it banged off the wall allowing Branham to beat the throw home and score the game-winning run.

Charleston (24-18, 12-12 MEC) scored single unearned runs in the sixth and seventh inning to take a 3-1 lead. Austin Hathaway got the Golden Eagles on the board in the top of the first inning when he lined the third pitch of the game over the left centerfield wall for a solo homer.

David Thomas tied the game for UVa-Wise when he matched Hathaway with a solo shot of his own in the fourth inning.

Duncan did not allow an earned run in three innings of work. The Centreville, Va. native allowed just two hits while striking out one to improve to 3-2 on the season.

Hathaway lined five hits in the loss to lead a nine-hit effort in the loss. Thomas picked up three hits for UVa-Wise, while Turner added a pair of hits in the nine-hit performance by the hosts.

Game one saw the Golden Eagles score a four-run frame to overcome a 4-2 deficit to post the 6-4 victory. Lee Carneal lined the game tying two-run single in the inning before a wild pitch allowed two runs to score.

Thomas, Stuart Paz, Tyler Blaum and Branham had a pair of hits each for UVa-Wise in the loss.

Gianfranco Morello had two hits to lead the Golden Eagles offense.

The Cavaliers will return to play Saturday at 1 p.m. against West Virginia Wesleyan.  



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WISE - - Due to the amount of rain that has fallen in Wise over the last few days, Monday's baseball doubleheader against the University of Charleston has been moved to Tuesday. Game one is slated to begin at 5 p.m. from Stallard Field with game two to follow approximately 30 minutes later.

The two schools split the first two games of the four game series on Thursday with the Cavaliers claiming a 12-10 win in the opener before the Golden Eagles posted a come-from-behind 5-4 win in the finale.



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