HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - The Wesley College Baseball team opened their season with a Friday matinee, taking on Greensboro College as part of the Floyd Wilcox Memorial Tournament at Hampden-Sydney College.
The Wolverines got a solid outing from starting pitcher Eric Willey, going 7.0 innings and allowing just three runs (two earned) on six hits and recording six strikeouts, and Trevor Mears went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a run scored, but it wasn't enough as the Wolverines fell 5-1 to the Pride on Friday afternoon.
Willey took the loss despite the quality start and Nate Weir tossed a pair of innings in relief. Mike Calvarese drove in the Wolverines' only run of the day, scoring Mears on a two-out single in the bottom of the eighth. Dre Jones, Christopher Seibert, Joseph Hummel, and Ron Morello each recorded one hit on the day as well.
The Pride got on the board in the fifth inning, scoring without recording a hit in the inning. A leadoff walk came back to bite the Wolverines as the runner advanced to third on a fielder's choice and a passed ball, then scored on another fielder's choice to make it 1-0. Greensboro scored two more in the seventh, then one more in each top half of the eighth and the ninth.
Wesley begins their season with an 0-1 record, but will have a chance to redeem themselves on Saturday when they battle Greensboro again at 3:00 p.m.