DOVER, Del. – Wesley College's baseball team committed three errors in the last two innings and fell to St. Mary's, 5-4, in Capital Athletic Conference action on Thursday afternoon. The Wolverines now stand at 6-12 overall while the Seahawks move to 7-13 on the year and both teams are an identical 4-7 in the CAC.
Wesley, who made five errors on the day, held a 4-2 lead going into the eighth and after a single and a fly out, Wesley replaced relief pitcher Cody Simet with Brett McCulley. McCulley then hit the next two batters before Hunter Mohler flew out to right field. KeAndre Jones threw the ball home to hold the runner at third but Matt Domian tried to double up the runner at second and threw the ball away, allowing Luke Green to cross the plate and make the score, 4-3.
Joe Hummel led off the bottom of the eighth with a single and was removed for pinch runner Stan Zulkowski. Following a sacrifice and a groundout, Zulkowski was left stranded at third, one of ten runners the Wolverines left on base.
Brad Walker took the mound for Wesley in the ninth and following a leadoff walk, the Navy & White committed another throwing error on a sacrifice bunt attempt to put runners on second and third with no outs. Brad Dioguardo then connected for a sacrifice fly to center field but the throw home was wild and allowed the runner from second to get to third.
With the score now tied, Luke Green also hit a fly ball to center field for another sacrifice fly and gave the Seahawks their first lead of the game. With the bases now empty, Walker gave up a single through the right side before getting out of the inning with a strikeout.
Wesley grounded out all three times in the ninth off closer Garrett Pope who earned his second save of the year. Jimmy Robey picked up the win in relief with a scoreless eighth inning.
The Wolverines had led 3-0 earlier in the game with a two runs on just one hit in the first inning and tacked on another run in the third off starting pitcher Nicholas Raimondo who allowed three earned runs on just three hits while walking nine batters in 5.2 innings. Raimondo also balked twice, one of which gave Wesley a run.
St. Mary's scored twice in the fifth off Taylor Reynolds who allowed just one earned run on three hits in 6.0 innings. Wesley got one of those runs back in its half of the frame on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Domian, who drove in two runs on the day. Scoring on the play was Tyler Hunter who walked, stole second and reached third on a failed pick off.
Eric Speidel reached base four times on the day, all of which came on walks while Hunter drew three free passes and scored twice.
York (Pa.) comes to Dover on Saturday, April 4 for a 12 pm CAC doubleheader.