WILMINGTON, Del. – Making his first career start on the mound, senior Brad Walker also picked up his first collegiate win as the Wesley College baseball team defeated Valley Forge, 13-2, on Saturday night at Frawley Stadium, home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Single-A Affiliate of MLB's Kansas City Royals. The Wolverines now stand at 11-18 overall while the Patriots fall to 3-22.
Walker tossed five innings and struck out eight batters, both career highs, while allowing just two runs on seven hits. At one point, Walker fanned four-straight Patriots.
Walker also got plenty of help from his offense early on as Wesley scored twice in the first on a two-run single by Conner Gobright. Scoring on the play was Tyler Hunter and Cory Smith who singled and reached on a fielder's choice, respectively, earlier in the frame. A sacrifice fly by Gobright in the third extended the lead to three runs before Mike Calvarese drove in Smith with an infield single and Matt Domian scored on a wild pitch.
Wesley added another run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by Hunter, but Valley Forge was able to get that back with a run in its half of the inning. The Wolverines went down in order in the fifth and the Patriots added another run, cutting the deficit to 6-2 in favor of the Navy & White.
Joe Hummel scored a run in the sixth on a wild pitch after doubling with one out as the Wolverines were able to score in each of the final four innings. An error helped Calvarese cross home in the seventh and Domian singled in Eric Speidel in the eighth before Wesley broke it wide open with four runs in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by Speidel, an RBI double by Hunter and a two-run double by Smith.
Alex Marrs pitched the final four innings for Wesley and allowed just two hits while striking out four to earn his first career save. Marrs struck out the side in the sixth as he took over for Walker to start the inning.
Speidel led Wesley with three base hits while Hunter, Calvarese and Hummel also had multi-hit nights. Gobright drove in a team-high three runs while Hunter and Smith drove in two each and scored twice.
The Wolverines close out the season when they host Widener at 1 pm on Sunday, April 26.