Baseball Raises Broomsticks at Polytechnic

Zach Stuart
Zach Stuart

BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Five pitchers combined for a five-hit shutout as Wesley College's baseball team completed a three-game sweep over Polytechnic (N.Y.) with a 13-0 victory Sunday afternoon at Floyd Bennett Field.  

Zach Stuart improved to 1-1 on the year as he struck out seven batters and allowed just four hits in five innings.  Jeff Cochran, Andrew Cooper, Rich Lober and Brad Walker, who made his collegiate debut, all pitched one inning of relief and allowed just one hit while striking out eight combined.  Walker struck out the side in the ninth.

The bats were none too shabby either for the Wolverines (9-3) as they recorded 23 base hits on the day and every starter recorded at least one base hit.  Sam Farnell, Rob Benedict and Steve Perone all had four hits while Geoff Kimmel recorded three, including a home run.  Morgan Rupp also had a multi-hit game with a home run and Matt Robles collected a pair of base knocks as well.  

Kimmel also had a team-high 3 RBIs and scored three runs, as did Farnell who also drove in a pair.

Wesley got on the board quickly with three runs in the first inning.  After Jon Carlson recorded a one-out single, he promptly stole second and scored on Farnell's RBI single.  Farnell then stole second and scored on Kimmel's roundtripper.

The Wolverines added four more in the second on RBI singles by Benedict, Farnell, Rupp and Perone.

Stuart cruised on the mound through the first three innings before running into a minor jam in the fourth, but he managed to get out of the frame unscathed after a failed double steal and a strikeout.  He allowed a leadoff single in the fifth but picked him off before striking out the final two batters he face.

A triple by Kimmel and a double by Perone in the sixth allowed Wesley to score another two runs in the and Benedict drove in Robles from second with a single in the seventh to increase the advantage to double digits.

Rupp led off the eighth with a home run and RBIs by Cory Smith and Tyler Hunter that inning finished the scoring for the Wolverines.

Wesley outscored Polytechnic (1-11), 37-1, in the three-game set and outhit the Blue Jays, 52-14. The Wolverines hit a whopping .433 for the series and their pitchers held Poly to a .177 average.  

With spring break complete, Wesley returns to Dover to host Penn State-Berks on March 15 for a 3:30 start.