FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Wesley College's baseball team fell in a Capital Athletic Conference doubleheader at Mary Washington, 15-5 and 10-8, on Saturday afternoon at Dickinson Stadium. The Wolverines fall to 10-14 on the year and 8-9 in the CAC while the Eagles improve to 24-5 overall with a 13-5 mark in league play.
The Eagles went ahead early in the opener, scoring three runs in the first inning. The Wolverines chipped away, scoring one run in the top of the second when a Connor Gobright single brought Mike Calvarese home and another in the third on a pair of errors by the Eagles. Mary Washington added a run in each of the fourth and fifth innings.
The Wolverines cut the Eagles lead to one in the seventh. Ron Morello had a base hit to first that was followed by Eric Speidel being hit by a pitch. Matt Domian then cranked the ball to right field, scoring both runners.
The Eagles had back to back explosive innings, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the seventh and three runs in the eighth. Tyler Hunter made his way around the bases after a double in the ninth but his run was not enough to bring the win to Wesley.
Eagles pitcher, Ryan Van assche, struck out nine in his seven innings and took the win while Connor Springsteen took the loss, striking out three while allowing eight earned runs.
Wesley tried to write a different story in night cap. Cory Smith, 4-6 at the plate, doubled to left center in the first. Domian advance Smith to third on a single second base. Keandre Jones then dropped one into right field, to bring Smith home.
In the top of the third, Tyler Hunter had a base hit to center followed by Smith putting one to right. Domian performed a sacrifice bunt to advance both Hunter and Smith. Jones then grabbed another base hit, scoring Hunter.
The Wolverines took their lead to seven in the top of the seventh. Gobright, 5-7 on the day, reached on a single to left. A Morello walk was followed by a Speidel single that brought Gobright across the plate. Hunter then tripled to right-center bring the scoring to three in the Wesley half. Mary Washington responded in the bottom of the seventh with three runs of their own.
The Eagles eighth inning mirrored their performance of game one's seventh, with seven runs scoring to bring the lead back to the Eagles with a score of 10-7. Morello made his way to third on an Eagle error. Speidel then hit a sacrifice fly to center field that had Morello cross the plate but the Wolverines would not score again.
Brad Walker took the loss from the mound for the Wolverines while Erik Jorgensen picked up the win for the Eagles and Thomas Weaver threw his first save of the year.
The Wolverines travel to Harrisburg, Pa for a single game at Penn St.-Harrisburg starting at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 12.