DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team rallied to defeat Penn State Harrisburg, 4-3 before falling by an identical score in the nightcap to the Lions on Wednesday night at Schutte Park. The Wolverines are now 11-4 on the year while the Lions move to 5-7.
Trailing by three going into the bottom of the fifth, Wesley tied the game with three runs of their own. Jon Carlson started the rally with a one-out single to left before advancing to third on a double by Cory Smith. Morgan Rupp then drove both of them in with a double before stealing third and scoring on Sam Farnell's sacrifice fly to deep center.
Andrew Cooper then pitched a perfect sixth inning and Adam Darling lined a RBI double down the left field line in Wesley's half of the frame. Scoring on Darling's base knock was Steve Perone who singled to lead off the inning before advancing ninety feet on a sac bunt by Conner Gobright.
Smith had a team-high three hits in the opener while Carlson and Darling had multi-hit efforts.
Wesley trailed early in game two before taking a 2-1 lead with a pair of runs in the third inning. Carlson led off the frame with a single before back-to-back one-out walks by Smith and Rupp. Corey Jefferson grounded a roller to short but beat out the double play to score Carlson and Rupp caught the defense by surprise to also score on the play.
Penn State tied the game in its next at bat but Jefferson connected on an RBI single in the fifth to give the Wolverines back the lead. Smith scored all the way from second on the play after connecting on a one-out double to start the rally.
Freshman Eric Willey pitched a perfect sixth inning in relief but the Lions got a pair of runs on three hits in the seventh to get the lead back for the first time since their first at bat. Wesley put two runners on in its final at bat but was unable to muster a run.
With a pitcher-by-committee approach, Jordan Lozzi went two runs in the start and allowed an unearned run and striking out two. Rob Diamond also struck out two in his three innings before giving way to Willey in the sixth and Zach Stuart in the seventh.
The Wolverines are back in Capital Athletic Conference action this weekend when they travel to York (Pa.) for a 1 pm doubleheader on Saturday, March 23. The teams will battle in a 1 pm single game the following afternoon.