ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – A sacrifice fly by Conner Gobright in the top of the tenth inning proved to be the game-winner as the Wesley College baseball team defeated Capital Athletic Conference rival St. Mary's, 9-8, at the Hawk's Nest on Thursday afternoon. The Wolverines now stand at 1-4 overall and 1-3 in the CAC while Seahawks fall to 0-4 with a 0-1 mark in league play.
Junior newcomer KeAndre Jones led off the extra frame with a double to the gap in left center and advanced ninety feet away following a balk. Gobright then made St. Mary's with a deep fly ball to dead center which was far enough to score Jones from third.
The heart of the Wesley order really shined on the afternoon as Cory Smith and Trevor Mears both recorded a pair of base hits with three RBIs apiece. Multi-hit efforts were also turned in by Jones and Tyler Hunter.
Smith actually put Wesley on top in the first inning with a single to right field which allowed Hunter, who tripled just prior, to trot home easily. Smith also plated Hunter in the third with a single as Hunter was hit by a pitch and stole second base just prior to make the score, 3-0, in favor of the Navy & White.
Wesley then erupted for four runs in the fourth to take a 7-0 lead. Jones led off the inning with his first of two doubles on the day, and following back-to-back walks issued to Gobright and Stan Zulkowski, leadoff man Eric Speidel drove in Jones with a sacrifice fly to center field. Hunter then drew his own free pass, and then, with two outs, Mears launched a bases-clearing double to left field to extend the advantage to seven runs.
The lead was shortly-lived; however, as the Seahawks tagged the Wolverines for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth off starting pitcher Eric Willey. Wesley bounced back with a run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Smith which was matched in the eighth off reliever Rob Mills, who replaced Willey to start the inning.
Wesley went down in order in the ninth and St. Mary's threatened in its half but McCulley got Connor Goodie to line into an inning-ending double play.
The Wolverines' CAC doubleheader at Southern Virginia scheduled for Saturday, March 14 has been postponed. Wesley will host Eastern University at 3:30 pm on Monday, March 16 in its home opener.