DOVER, Del. - Senior Rob Benedict led Wesley College's baseball team to a 6-5 victory over Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action on Friday afternoon at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines improve to 20-9 overall and 6-7 in the CAC.
Benedict went 2-3 with three RBIs, two runs and drew a pair of walks, but it was his three stolen bases that were the catalyst in the one-run victory.
Wesley took a 1-0 lead after the first inning, a frame which started by Benedict drawing a free pass. With Jon Carlson batting, Benedict promptly stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error. Carlson drove him in with an RBI ground out.
Mary Washington (9-13-1, 4-9 CAC) tied the game at 1 in the top of the third but the Wolverines retook the lead in their half of the inning. Carlson started the rally by reaching on an error and stole second with Sam Farnell at bat. A long fly ball by Farnell was deep enough for Carlson to advance ninety feet and he later scored on a double by Morgan Rupp.
Once again, the Eagles tied it up but like in the previous inning, the Navy & White responded, this time with a two-run double by Benedict to take a 4-2 advantage. Wesley added another run in the sixth to go up three.
Zach Stuart, the starting pitcher for the Wolverines, got through the first six innings allowing just two runs, but he could not retire a batter in the seventh and was pulled for Andrew Cooper. UMW was able to tie the game in the seventh at five with three runs.
Cooper finished the seventh and eighth innings without allowing a run but Benedict was the savior for Wesley in its final at bat. With one out, Benedict got the bottom of the eighth started with a walk. He then stole second and third and scored on Carlson's second RBI groundout of the day.
Rich Lober pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to pick up the save as the Wolverines matched a season-high with eight pilfered sacks on the afternoon. Cooper earned the victory after pitching two scoreless innings without allowing a hit.
The same two teams will meet on Saturday, April 7 in a 3:30 pm doubleheader at Bob Reed Field.