SALISBURY, Md. – Wesley College's baseball team led 4-0 after five innings but No. 16 Salisbury rallied to defeat the Wolverines, 5-4, in the First Round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday afternoon at Sea Gull Baseball Field. Fifth-seeded Wesley now stands at 15-14 while Salisbury moves to 24-7.
The Wolverines started the scoring with a pair of runs in the fourth inning off Sea Gulls starting pitcher Dan Fein. Cory Smith led off the frame with an opposite field single and Trevor Mears followed up with a single to the left fielder, who bobbled the ball, allowing Mears to advance to second and Smith to score for the first score of the game. Conner Gobright then was hit by a pitch and Matt Domian sacrificed both runners into scoring position with just one out. Stan Zulkowski then plated Mears with an RBI groundout to give Wesley a 2-0 lead.
As Zach Stuart was still cruising on the mound for Wesley, the Wolverines tacked on two more runs off Fein in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Mears and a bases load walk issued to Domian. Scoring on the play was Tyler Hunter who singled and advanced to third on a single by Eric Speidel and a walk to Smith. Speidel later scored on Domian's free pass.
Salisbury finally got to Stuart in the sixth with a run, but it was unearned due to a throwing error.
The Sea Gulls scored two more unearned runs off Stuart in the seventh with a catcher's interference and a fielding error leading to runs.
Andrew Cooper relieved Stuart in the seventh with two outs but allowed two runs in the eighth, as Salisbury came back for the victory.
Wesley had a great chance to add some insurance runs in the seventh inning as Speidel and Smith led off the frame with back-to-back singles. However, Mears hit a shot to center field which was caught and Speidel was thrown out at second base for the double play to stop the momentum.
Stuart allowed no earned runs on seven hits through 6.2 innings but got the no-decision.
Speidel, Smith, Mears and Hunter each had two hits on the day but that was all eight hits the Wolverines recorded on the day.
The Wolverines will play St. Mary's at 9 am on Friday, April 18, with the winner advancing to Saturday, April 19 to play the loser of Salisbury/Christopher Newport at 12:30 pm.