ST. DAVIDS, Pa. – Wesley College's baseball team scored seven runs in the ninth inning to defeat Eastern University, 13-8, on Thursday afternoon at Olson Field. With the victory, the Wolverines improve to 15-11 while the Eagles fall to 4-18.
Trailing 8-6 going into its final at bat, five different players drove in runs for the Wolverines before Cory Smith's two-run double gave Wesley some extra insurance. Eric Speidel started the rally getting plunked and Smith advanced him to third with a single. Trevor Mears then drove in Speidel with a single and after a bunt single by Conner Gobright loaded the bases, Stan Zulkowski drew a free pass and Adam Darling was hit by a pitch to give the Wolverines the 9-8 lead.
With the bases still loaded, Cody Dmiterchik hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Gobright and Ron Morello singled through the left side to score Zulkowski. The Eagles then countered with a relief pitcher, but Speidel walked in his second plate appearance of the frame to reload the bases.
Eastern then brought in another reliever but Smith welcomed him rudely with a shot to the gap in center field to plate Darling and Morello.
Mears and Smith's ninth inning heroics gave them three hits each on the day while Speidel, Gobright and Morello each had a pair of base knocks. Gobright drove in a team-high three runs while Smith and Darling had two RBIs on the day.
Andrew Cooper then came into the game for the ninth and retired the side in order to give the Wolverines the win.
Wesley had led early in the game on two separate occasions. The Wolverines tallied three runs in their very first at bat, thanks to a two-run single by Gobright and a base knock by Matt Domian.
The Eagles did not go down quietly, however, tying the game after four frames with single runs in the second, third and fourth innings.
An RBI groundout by Gobright scored Mears, who tripled to start the inning, giving Wesley and relief pitcher Rob Mills back the lead but Eastern came right back with two runs in its half of the inning with a two-run homer.
Trailing once again, Wesley was quick to tie the score as Darling led off the seventh with his second home run of the season to tie the score and an RBI by Speidel gave the Wolverines back the lead at 6-5.
Connor Springsteen then relieved Mills and got a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh but allowed three runs in the eighth. Luckily for Springsteen, Wesley's bats in the ninth got him off the hook and gave him his first career victory. Springsteen got the win in spite of giving up three earned runs on two hits in two innings.
Jeff Cochran started on the mound for Wesley, allowing two earned runs on seven hits over three innings before giving way to Mills who gave up two runs on two innings in another three innings.
Wesley wraps up CAC play on Saturday when they travel to Frostburg State for a pivotal 1 pm doubleheader on April 12. Having clinched a playoff spot in the CAC Tournament from April 15-20, the Wolverines can finish anywhere from the second to sixth seed depending on outcomes throughout the conference.