FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Wesley College's baseball team dropped its season opener to College of Brockport, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon at JP Riddle Stadium. The Golden Eagles now stand at 1-1 on the year.
Trailing, 5-2, going into the eighth inning, the Wolverines rallied for two runs to cut the deficit to just a single run. Trevor Mears, who went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, started the frame with an infield single and advanced to second on a groundball out by Connor Bowers. Another infield single by KeAndre Jones put runners on the corners, and after a wild pitch, Matt Domian singled in Mears with a shot up the middle, followed by an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Conner Gobright.
Unfortunately, that was all the runs Wesley could muster the remainder of the night as the Wolverines went down in order in the ninth.
Brockport jumped ahead early with a run off starting pitcher Taylor Reynolds in the bottom of the first but Wesley got that run back in the fourth on an RBI single by Bowers which scored Mears all the way from second. Mears had left off the inning with a double to the gap in left center.
The Golden Eagles jumped on Reynolds on the bottom half of the inning to take a 3-1 lead but Wesley was able to cut into the deficit with a run in the fifth.
Cody Simet relieved Reynolds (0-1) on the mound for the Wolverines and gave up two runs in his first inning but held the Golden Eagles scoreless in the final two innings to keep Wesley alive. Reynolds took the loss for Wesley, allowing just three runs on three hits while fanning a pair in five innings.
Nick Pontari got the win in relief for Brockport, striking out three over 1.2 innings of work. Josh Martin drove in a pair of runs for the Golden Eagles.
The Wolverines open Capital Athletic Conference action tomorrow afternoon when they take on Frostburg State in a 12 pm doubleheader.