Baseball

Offense struggles as Columbia Fireflies falter against West Virginia

Columbia pitcher P.J. Conlon had won his first seven professional starts, which was the longest streak in the minors.

That came to an end Sunday as the Fireflies were shut out, dropping the series finale to the West Virginia Power 3-0.

West Virginia (26-23) plated all of its runs in the bottom of the fifth. Logan Ratledge and John Bormann singled to begin the frame and two batters later, Tito Polo struck his sixth home run of the season.

Conlon (7-1) allowed six hits, three walks and struck out four in six innings. Columbia’s (25-25) offense mustered just three singles – by J.C. Rodriguez, Jose Garcia and Kevin Kaczmarski.

Bret Helton (2-4) had lost his last three starts, but picked up the victory on Sunday, allowing three hits and striking out four over six innings.

The Fireflies continue their road trip on Monday when they visit the Rome Braves.

Columbia ab

r

h

bi

W. Virginia ab

r

h

bi

Siena 2b

2

0

0

0

Polo cf

4

1

1

3

Kaczmarski cf

3

0

1

0

Tolman 2b

3

0

2

0

Rodrgiuez 3b

3

0

1

0

Hayes 3b

4

0

0

0

Ortega dh

4

0

0

0

Arribas 1b

4

0

0

0

Ramos ss

4

0

0

0

Nagle rf

4

0

1

0

Winningham 1b

4

0

0

0

Hill dh

3

0

2

0

Tuschak lf

4

0

0

0

Ratledge lf

2

1

2

0

Wilson cf

2

0

0

0

Bormann c

4

1

2

0

Garcia c

3

0

1

0

Reyes ss

2

0

0

0

Totals 29

0

3

0

Totals 30

3

10

3

Columbia

000

000

000

0

W. Virginia

000

030

00x

3

DP—West Virginia 1. LOB—Columbia 7, West Virginia 8. HR—Polo. SB—Hill.

Columbia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Conlon L, 7-1

6

6

3

3

3

4

Davis

2

4

0

0

0

2

W. Virginia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Helton W, 2-4

6

3

0

0

2

4

Anderson

2

0

0

0

2

2

Pimentel S, 1

1

0

0

0

0

1

WP—Davis. HBP—by Helton (Siena). Umpires—Home, Donnie Smith; First, Sam Dodson. T—2:24. A—1,111.

  Comments