Baseball Falls At #3 Salisbury in Third Round

Rob Benedict
Rob Benedict

SALISBURY, Md. - Despite taking a 2-0 lead, Wesley College's baseball team was unable to hold on against No. 3 Salisbury in the third round of the Capital Athletic Conference playoffs on Saturday afternoon as the Sea Gulls were victorious, 11-4. With rain expected tomorrow in Salisbury, the Wolverines (26-12) will take on Stevenson University on Saturday, April 27, at 11:00 am in an elimination game at SU Baseball Field.  The winner will take on Salisbury in the Championship Game later that day.

Wesley scored once in the first and again in the third on an RBI double by Geoff Kimmel, and an RBI single by Morgan Rupp, respectively.  The two-base knock was the 40th double of Kimmel's career, surpassing Kevin Murphy (2008-11) for the most in school-history.  The single by Rupp scored Rob Benedict who singled to lead off the inning and stole second, the school-record tying 93rd of his career.

Salisbury was able to solve Wolverines starting pitcher, Zach Stuart in the fourth, with three runs to take a one-run lead before extending the advantage to 4-2 after the top of the fifth. 

The Navy & White would not go down without a fight, however, as they tied it up in their half of the fifth with another RBI double by Kimmel, followed by a sacrifice fly by Sam Farnell.

After five innings on the mound, the Wolverines replaced Stuart with Andrew Cooper who allowed six earned runs over the final four innings as the Sea Gulls avoided elimination. In the no-decision, Stuart allowed four earned runs on eight hits.

Kimmel continued his hot-hitting in the double-elimination tournament by going 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs.  Benedict also had three hits while Rupp connected for two.

Andrew Levy went the distance for SU, allowing four runs on ten hits.  Both Tyler Bennett and Chris Connor drove in three runs on two hits for the Sea Gulls.