SALISBURY, Md. - Wesley College's baseball team scored seven straight runs after falling behind 4-0, but a four-run ninth inning gave Stevenson University an 8-7 victory in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Saturday afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium. The Wolverines are now 27-14 on the season.
Trailing by four going into the fifth inning, Wesley scored single runs in the next two innings on an RBI single by Morgan Rupp and a solo home run by Bryan Reshetar, respectively. Rupp's base knock scored Rob Benedict after he had started the rally by becoming just the third Wolverine, and second this year, to collect 200 career base hits. Benedict had advanced to second on a balk and got to third on a wild pitch before Rupp drove him in.
Reshetar's blast to right field was his first of the season and eighth of his career. He was robbed of a roundtripper in nearly the same spot earlier in the game.
The Wolverines were able to tie the game in the seventh with a pair of runs on three hits. Jon Carlson started the rally with a two-out single and Rupp followed up with a single of his own. After a wild pitch put both in scoring position, Geoff Kimmel continued his hot-hitting with an opposite field two-run single.
Stevenson (21-20-2) brought in Pat Quinn to pitch in the eighth and Steve Perone welcomed him with a first pitch double to right field. Wanting extra speed on the basepath, head coach Bret Underwood replaced him with Tyler Hunter, who promptly stole third and scored on Casey Rothwell's double to left.
Wesley tacked on another run in the ninth to take the 7-4 lead before Stevenson rallied for the walk-off-win with four hits and an error.
Jordan Lozzi (6-4) went the distance on the mound for Wesley but received the loss as he gave up six earned runs in 8.2 innings of work. The junior southpaw did not get much help from his defense which made five errors on the day. The Wolverines came into the game leading the conference in fielding percentage.
Kimmel (3-for-4, two RBIs, double, intentional walk) and Rupp (3-for-5) combined for half of Wesley's 12 hits on the day while Rupp scored a team-high two runs. A senior from Lawrenceville, N.J., Kimmel batted .700 (14-for-20) with a home run, and 11 RBIs, to go with four doubles and a triple in the Tournament.
Tony Prescott had a team-high three hits and drove in two runs for Stevenson while slugging his 11th home run of the year.
Still with a shot for postseason play, Wesley travels to face No. 17 Shenandoah on Sunday, April 29, for a 2 pm start.