Baseball Splits CAC Twinbill at Mary Washington

Baseball Splits CAC Twinbill at Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Wesley College's baseball team rallied to defeat Mary Washington, 6-4 before falling, 6-1 in game two of a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader at Dickinson Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  The Wolverines move to 14-8 overall and 5-4 in the CAC while the Eagles go to 16-10 on the year and 7-2 in league play.

Trailing by a run going into the top of the seventh, Wesley scored a run to send the game into extra innings.  Matt Robles was hit by a pitch to start the inning and Jon Carlson moved him over with a sacrifice bunt. Cory Smith then reached on an error by the second baseman which scored Robles from second.

Rich Lober relieved Jordan Lozzi to start the seventh inning and retired every batter he faced while striking out two to earn the victory. Lozzi allowed just two earned runs on six hits in 6.0 innings.

To win it in the ninth, the frame started identical to the seventh inning as Robles was plunked before being sacrificed over by Carlson.  Trevor Mears however walked this time around, and after a double steal, the Wolverines had two runners in scoring position with only one out.  Smith was then intentionally walked to load the bases and Steve Perone helped drive in the game-winning run when he reached on an error. Corey Jefferson later drew a bases loaded walk to give Lober some extra cushion for the ninth.

Aside from getting hit by a pitch twice, Robles also went 2-for-2 with two runs scored, two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases.  Mears, Morgan Rupp and Jefferson also had two hits each for Wesley.

The Wolverines bats were quiet in game two as Smith, Perone and Sam Farnell had all of Wesley's three hits.  Mary Washington scored one in the first, three in the second and one in the third to take a commanding five-run lead.  They added another in the fifth and Wesley only scored once in the seventh on a RBI single off the pitcher by Farnell.  Perone scored on the play after leading off the inning with a double and getting to third on a groundout.

Rob Diamond got the start on the mound and allowed six runs on 11 hits while fanning two in 5.0 innings of work.  Anthony Coniglio pitched a scoreless sixth for the Wolverines.

Wesley returns to action on April 4 when it travels to Gwynedd-Mercy for 4 pm start before starting a three-game CAC series with arch-rival Salisbury University on April 6-7.  Salisbury hosts a 1 pm doubleheader on April 6 before the series comes to Dover for a 1 pm start on April 7.