DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's baseball team dropped a 3-1 game to No. 17 Misericordia, on Thursday afternoon at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines now stand at 1-7 overall while the Cougars improve to 8-1.
Eric Willey pitched well for Wesley but still took the loss, allowing just three earned runs on six hits while fanning four in six innings of work. Alex Marrs relieved Willey and tossed two innings while striking out two without allowing a base hit. Brad Walker then retired the side in the ninth.
Misericordia tagged Willey for two runs in the third and added an insurance run in the fourth but Willey settled down and retired the last seven batters he faced.
The Wolverines got on board in the sixth on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Trevor Mears. Scoring on the play was Eric Speidel who singled to lead off the inning, advanced to second on Tyler Hunter's sacrifice bunt and reached third on a wild pitch.
The Navy & White threatened again in the eighth putting the first two runners on. Hunter then advanced both Conner Gobright and Speidel over with a sacrifice bunt, but after Cory Smith drew a free pass to load the bases, Mears grounded into a controversial double play to end the frame.
Wesley returns to the diamond on Saturday, March 21 when they travel to take on Marymount (Va.) in a 12 pm Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader. The following day, the Wolverines will host Valley Forge Christian College in a 1 pm twinbill.