DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's baseball team fell to No. 6 Salisbury University, 9-4 on Monday afternoon in a Capital Athletic Conference series finale at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines fall to 6-3 on the year and 1-2 in the CAC while the Sea Gulls improve to 8-2 on the season and 2-1 in the league.
The Wolverines were led offensively by Jon Carlson and Sam Farnell as Carlson went 2-4 with a two-run home run. Farnell also drove in his team-high tenth run with a sacrifice fly. Geoff Kimmel and Matt Robles were the only other players who recorded base hits.
Salisbury scored four runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the seventh. Wesley reliever Andrew Cooper relived Rich Lober with one out in the seventh and pitched the final 2.2 innings without allowing an earned run while striking out two.
Farnell scored Wesley's first run in the fourth from second base as Morgan Rupp reached on a fielder's choice and the throw from second was wild. Farnell also drove in Robles from third in the fifth after Robles had gotten on base with a bunt single.
Carlson's first home run of the season came in the seventh inning which scored Rob Benedict who drew a free pass just before Carlson came up.
Jeff Cochran made his collegiate debut on the mound for the Wolverines and allowed four earned runs on five hits while striking out three in 3.2 innings. A freshman from Richboro, Md., Cochran got through the first three innings without allowing a run bout ran into trouble in the fourth before being relieved by Lober.
Jeff Hoffman (3-0) earned the win for Salisbury and he got plenty of help from his offense who recorded 13 hits on the day and drew seven walks. Bill Root went 4-5 with a run and four RBIs to pace the Sea Gulls.
Wesley is back in action on March 10-11 when they travel to face Polytechnic (N.Y.) for a three-game series. Saturday's doubleheader starts at 12 while Sunday's first pitch is scheduled for 1 pm.