DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's baseball team was unable to hold a one-run lead as it fell to Shenandoah University, 5-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines now stand at 4-6 while the Hornets, who ranked 26th in the D3baseball.com Poll, improve to 8-2.
After Eric Marrero pitched three scoreless innings to start the game, Shenandoah was able to get one off the freshman right-hander with a run in the fourth. Wesley bounced right back though in its half of the inning with a pair of runs on two hits and a Hornets fielding error. Conner Gobright started the rally with a one-out single and after Matt Domian reached on an error, both runners advanced into scoring position on a balk. Adam Darling then tied the score with a single to left field and Domian would later score from third on a wild pitch.
The lead did not last long as Shenandoah scored three runs in the fifth on a three-run home run by JJ McDaniel. The Hornets also got another run across in the seventh off Brad Walker to extend their lead to three runs.
Andrew Cooper pitched the eighth and ninth innings for Wesley and did not allow a run.
Marrero took the loss for the Wolverines, allowing four runs over five innings while Walker's one run was unearned in two frames.
Darling and Eric Speidel each had a pair of hits on the day.
Matt Reigler got the win in relief for Shenandoah, allowing just one hit and fanning three over 4.1 innings.
Marymount (Va.), a first year baseball program and CAC rival, visits Wesley for a 3 pm single game on Wednesday, March 12.