Morgantown, W.V. - Second baseman Nicolas Torres kept up his torrid hitting pace with a three RBI performance in Williamsport's 5-1 win at the West Virginia Black Bears on Saturday night. The Cutters ended their five-game losing skid while also snapping West Virginia's five-game winning streak.
Torres went 2-for-4 for Williamsport (21-34) with an RBI double in the second and then a two-run single in the eighth which essentially salted the game away. Torres has gone 7-for-14 in his last four games.
Bryson Stott went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored. Stott went 6-for-10 in the series at West Virginia with two doubles, a homer, and three RBI. Rudy Rott contributed an RBI single and two runs scored as well.
West Virginia (29-24) stranded 14 runners on base including leaving them loaded in the sixth and seventh and then vacating two more in the eighth. But relievers Leonel Aponte (W, 2-1) and Alejandro Made (S, 4) worked out of the jams allowing just a single run in the seventh.
Starter Hsin-Chieh Lin (ND) was effective through 3.1 innings of one-hit ball with three walks and four strikeouts.
Torres rapped a double to the gap in right-center in the second inning to bring around Rudy Rott who had walked and then advanced on a Herbert Iser infield single. The Cutters maintained their 1-0 lead on Lin's pitching and then doubled the margin for Aponte.
Torres included a sterling defensive play along with his big offense. He sprinted to his right on the over-shift to get to a hot-smash off the bat of Matt Frazier and made a strong backhand pick followed by an impressive throw to first while fading away from the bag for the final out of the inning.
Johan Rojas socked a double to the left field corner to lead off the fifth. He stole third to easily score on Bryson Stott's two-bagger pulled into the corner in right for a 2-0 lead.
West Virginia battled back with bases loaded threats in the sixth and seventh against Aponte who was battling the strike-zone and pushing his way along. Aponte got a ground out of Dean Lockery on a hard-hit ball to Torres to end the threat in the sixth. But in the seventh, Cory Wood tripled to the right field corner and would score the team's only run of the game on Jared Triolo's knock to left thus cutting the Cutters' lead to 2-1.
Willimasport boosted their slim advantage for a little breathing room in the top of the eighth with a big three-run rally . Back-to-back walks of Kendall Simmons and Bryson Stott from Black Bears' reliever Austin Roberts opened the frame. Rudy Rott went with the pitch for a single to left to drive in Simmons and then a couple batters later saw Nicolas Torres deliver a bases-loaded two-run single to right to plate Stott and Rott for a 5-1 lead. Rott crossed the plate just moments before Herbert Iser was thrown out trying to take third.
Alejandro Made closed it out with a three-inning save that he capped with back-to-back strikeouts.
The Cutters return to BB&T Ballpark on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. against the State College Spikes featuring the annual appearance of the Phillie Phantic. RHP Tyler Burch is scheduled to start for Williamsport.
- Nicolas Torres is 7-for-14 in his last 4 games.
- Bryson Stott went 6-for-10 in the series at West Virginia with two doubles, one home run and three RBI.
- Williamsport is 11-7 in its last 18 games.
- The Cutters open a two-game homestand vs. State College before hitting the road for seven straight. After the home game on Monday, August 12, the Cutters will not play at home until Thursday, August 22 following the seven-game roadie and two-day NYPL All-Star Break.
- The Crosscutters return to Morgantown next Saturday for another three-game series.
- Williamsport has played 55 games and has 21 games remaining in the regular season.
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