ARLINGTON, Va. – Wesley College's baseball team escaped with a 15-14 Capital Athletic Conference victory at Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday afternoon at Bishop O'Connell Field. The Wolverines (13-8, 8-2 CAC) and Saints (4-22, 0-12 CAC) combined for 36 hits on the day.
Seven Wesley players had multi-hit games, including Eric Speidel, Trevor Mears, Conner Gobright and Adam Darling who all had three hits apiece. Darling also connected on his first career home run while Matt Domian also went 2-for-5 with his first career home run, as well as a double.
The Wolverines took an early 3-0 lead after one inning thanks to RBIs by Smith, Mears and Darling. Speidel led off the game with a bunt single and advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Stan Zulkowski. Cory Smith, who drove in a team-high three runs on the day, then laced a triple to the gap in left center to easily score Speidel and Mears followed with an RBI infield single. Mears later advanced to third on an error by the third baseman and scored on Darling's single through the left side for the third run of the frame.
Marymount got one of those runs back in the bottom of the second before the teams combined for 13 runs in the third inning. Wesley took credit for six of those runs, starting with Domian and Darling hitting back-to-back home runs, with Domian's blast also scoring Gobright who singled just prior. Following Darling's shot, Joe Hummel drew a walk and Cody Dmiterchik singled to put a pair of runners on. Speidel then doubled in Hummel and Smith brought in both Dmiterchik and Speidel with a single up the middle to give Wesley its largest lead at 9-1.
The Saints however responded with seven runs in their half of the inning as Wesley was forced to replace starting pitcher Connor Springsteen with Brad Walker just one out in. Walker didn't fare much better giving up a grand slam home run to the first batter he faced, but regrouped with a strikeout and a forcing a popup in foul territory to end the inning.
Dmiterchik and Speidel both collected RBIs in the fourth and Gobright singled in a run in the fifth to give the Wolverines a 12-8 lead but the Saints got one of those runs back as well, unearned off Eric Willey, who picked up the victory.
The seventh proved to be another offensive-oriented inning as Wesley scored three runs on three hits and a couple of error but Marymount answered with five runs off Rob Mills, who got through the sixth inning unscathed.
With Wesley now clinging to a one-run lead after seven-and-a-half, the Wolverines turned to closer Andrew Cooper who pitched another two scoreless innings for his league-leading fourth save of the year.
After a couple of postponements, Wesley will host No. 14 Salisbury in a CAC single game on Thursday, April 3 at 3:30 pm.