YORK, Pa. – Wesley College's baseball team stranded 27 runners on base and allowed 33 runs, dropping a pair of CAC games at York (Pa.) on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans (17-3, 12-1 CAC) took the opener, 21-8, before winning the nightcap, 12-4.
Eric Speidel had an impressive twinbill at the plate, going 8-for-11 with a team-high five RBIs, including a 5-for-6 performance in game two. Cory Smith and Stan Zulkowski also had five hits apiece in the series but it was not enough to outslug the Spartans who hit .488 in the doubleheader.
The Wolverines (13-11, 8-5 CAC) took the early lead in game one with two runs on the first on back-to-back RBI singles by Conner Gobright and Matt Domian. Scoring on the base knocks were Smith and Trevor Mears who reached on a fielder's choice and single, respectively, earlier in the frame.
York came right back with two runs in its half of the frame but Trevor Mears drove in a run in the second with a single, giving Wesley back the 3-2 lead. From there, it was all Spartans, who tallied two runs in the third, two in the fifth and three more in the sixth to take a 13-3 lead.
Wesley battled back with four runs in the eighth thanks to a wild pitch, a two-run single by Speidel and a single by Smith. Unfortunately, the Spartans got all four of those runs back and then some with an eight-run eighth. The Wolverines attempted to rally and got a RBI by Adam Darling but it was not enough to overcome York.
Eric Willey took the loss, allowing eight earned runs in five innings, before being relieved by Brett McCulley and Collin Miller. Ben Patti saw his first action of the year to get the final two outs of the game.
The Wolverines actually out-hit the Spartans in game two but timely hitting was a problem as Wesley left 18 runners on base.
Once again, Wesley was able to take an early lead when a two-run single by Speidel in the second gave the Navy & White a 2-1 advantage. York then responded with two runs of its own in the second, and then tacked on nine runs in the next five innings to take a 12-2 lead. Speidel and Smith were able to drive in runs in the ninth to finish the scoring.
Eric Marrero took the loss for the Wolverines in the nightcap, allowing six earned over the first four innings before giving way to Rob Mills and Jeff Norwood. Andrew Cooper pitched a scoreless eighth inning as well for Wesley.