DOVER, Del. – Sophomore Eric Willey struck out a career-high ten batters to lead the Wesley College baseball team to a 1-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory over Southern Virginia in the opening game of a very windy doubleheader on Friday at Bob Reed Field. The Knights (5-11) defeated the Wolverines (11-8), 2-0 in the nightcap.
A right-hander from Seaford, Del., Willey dominated Southern Virginia's hitters, allowing just three hits and a walk while throwing just 103 pitches, 77 for strikes, in all ten innings. Willey also retired 16 of the last 17 batters he faced.
Willey's performance was even more important as 30 mile per hour winds put a damper on Wesley's hitters throughout the day. The Wolverines only mustered two hits in the opener.
Wesley's lone run came in their final at bat as Connor Springsteen drew a bases-loaded walk from Collin Bigelow, who went all 9.2 innings for the Knights. Stan Zulkowski started the frame with a two-out walk, and after Adam Darling reached on a throwing error, Bigelow walked both Joe Hummel and Springsteen to bring in the only run of the game.
Matt Domian and Trevor Mears each recorded singles for the Wolverines in the opener while Domian connected on a double in the nightcap as well. Springsteen also recorded an infield single in game two.
Tyler King allowed just two hits over six innings of relief for Southern Virginia to take game two.
Weather permitting, Wesley will return to the diamond on Sunday, March 30 for a 12 pm doubleheader against Eastern University.