Baseball Falls To Arcadia

Morgan Rupp
Morgan Rupp

WILMINGTON, Del. - Wesley College's baseball team fell to Arcadia University, 7-2, on Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium.  The Wolverines fall to 27-13 on the season.

Wesley scored a run in the second on an RBI groundout by Steve Perone to take a 1-0 lead.  Scoring on the play was Geoff Kimmel who had singled to lead off the inning before stealing second and reaching third on a groundout by Sam Farnell.  With the leadoff base knock, Kimmel became just the second player in Wolverine history (Kevin Murphy) to record 200 career base hits.

Arcadia (16-20) answered with a run in the third before going off for three in the fifth off starting pitcher Tommy Reapsome (2-1).  The Knights would add another in the sixth off reliever Rich Lober but Wesley got it back in its half of the inning on a sacrifice fly by Farnell.

Both teams went scoreless in the seventh but Arcadia added another two in the eighth to take a 7-2 lead.  Wesley threatened in the seventh by loading the bases with nobody out but Morgan Rupp lined into a double play to end the inning.

Rob Benedict was the only Wolverine to have a pair of hits and he also stole two bases, raising his Wesley record total to 97 in just 104 attempts. Rupp also stole three bases on the night and now has 18 steals in as many attempts on the year.

Lober pitched the final four innings in relief of Reapsome and allowed two earned runs on four hits while fanning three.  Reapsome gave up four earned runs on seven hits while striking out three in five innings of work.

The Wolverines return to action on Saturday, April 28, when the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament resumes in Salisbury.  Wesley will take on Stevenson University at 11 am with the winner playing for the conference title against the host Sea Gulls at 2:30 pm.