COVINGTON, Va. - Wesley College's baseball team won a pair of Capital Athletic Conference games at Southern Virginia on Monday evening at Casey Field. Winners of four-straight, the Wolverines, who won the opener, 6-4, and the nightcap, 9-6, improve to 10-12 overall and 8-7 in the CAC while the Knights fall to 5-16 on the year and 4-11 in league play.
Conner Gobright and Tyler Hunter each had three hits in the opener while Gobright also drove in two runs and Hunter crushed his first home run of the season. Mike Calvarese also connected for a pair of base hits and scored two runs to help out starting pitcher Eric Willey.
Earning his second win of the season, Willey allowed just three runs on eight hits while striking out three before giving way to Rob Mills. Mills retired a pair of batters before Brad Walker got the final four outs of the game to pick up the save. The leadoff batter for the Knights reached on an error to start the ninth, but following a flyout, Walker got Giovanni Prado to line out to Joe Hummel for a double play, ending the game.
Willey got a lot of help from his offense early as Wesley scored four runs in the first three innings with one each in the first two frames before scoring twice in the third. With two outs in the first, Cory Smith tripled and scored on a wild pitch. In the second, Calavrese and Gobright recorded back-to-back singles and after Hummel was plunked, Ron Morello flew out to right field, but deep enough to score Calvarese from third.
Hunter homered to lead off the third and KeAndre Jones scored the fourth Wesley run from second base on a RBI single to left by Gobright.
Southern Virginia was able to get to Willey for a run in the fourth which the Wolverines got back in the sixth on Gobright's RBI double to score Calvarese who had doubled just prior. The Knights cut into the deficit even more in the seventh with a two-run double but Willey settled down and struck out a batter to retire the side.
With Mills on the mound for the Navy & White in the eighth, SVU scored on a walk with the bases loaded before Walker got a groundball to finish the inning. Wesley added an insurance run in the ninth on an RBI by Smith to score Speidel.
Game two was very similar at the start with Cody Simet cruising on the mound, throwing six scoreless innings and allowing just three hits while striking out five.
For the third time this season, Speidel led off the game with a home run and Matt Domian drove in Hunter and Smith with a two-run single in the third. In the fifth inning, Smith scored on a wild pitch and Calvarese followed with an RBI to give the Wolverines a 5-0 lead.
Domian led the Wolverines in game two, going 3-for-5 with three RBIs while Speidel and Hunter had two base hits apiece.
Southern Virginia scored a run off Taylor Reynolds in both the seventh and eighth innings but Hunter, Domian and Jones drove in runs in the eighth, giving the Wolverines an 8-2 lead going into the ninth. Speidel drove in Gobright with an RBI double in Wesley's final at bat to increase the advantage to seven runs. The Knights managed four runs in the ninth but were unable to get any more.
The Wolverines play four more road games this week, including three CAC games, starting with a 3:30 first pitch at Penn State Harrisburg on Wednesday, April 8. Wesley will follow up with a non-conference tilt at Bridgewater (Va.) the following day at 4 pm before a 12 pm CAC twinbill at Mary Washington on Saturday, April 11.