Wolverines Nearly Sweep Doubleheader at Hampden-Sydney

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. - The Wesley College baseball team carried over their momentum from Saturday's big win into Sunday, where they nearly came away with a pair of wins, beating Greensboro College 7-4 before falling 13-12 to the hosts Hampden-Sydney College in the Floyd Wilcox Memorial Tournament Sunday.

In game one, Chris Bramble went 3-for-5 and two RBI to lead the Wesley offense , while Ron Morello ripped two hits, including a double to drive in two and score two runs. The Wolverines seven through nine slots in the lineup combined to go 6-for-10 with five RBI and two runs scored to carry the offense to victory. Connor Springsteen threw five innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out a pair. Andrew Weaver earned the win with three innings of relief, striking out three while allowing just one run. Aaron Briggs got the save, shutting down the side in the ninth.

Wesley opened the game with a run in the top of the first on a set of defensive miscues by the Pride, but surrendered three runs in the bottom of the second. The Wolverines regained the lead in the top of the fourth inning when Mike Calvarese and Morello strung together a pair of doubles. Joseph Hummel, Morello, and Bramble each drove in a run in the inning to give Wesley a 4-3 advantage. Greensboro manufactured the tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4.

The Pride threatened to take the lead in the seventh when they drew a one-out walk, but Andrew Weaver forced the next hitter to ground into an inning-ending double play to neutralize the threat. Wesley responded in the top of the eighth with a pair of go-ahead runs. Mike Calvarese opened the inning with a leadoff walk and advanced on a pair of bunts before Bramble drove him in with a single to take the lead. Cody Dmiterchik then drove in Morello with a long sac fly to center, making it 6-4. Wesley added an insurance run in the ninth after the Pride walked the bases loaded, and then walked Morello to score Christopher Seibert, making it 7-4. Aaron Briggs shut down the Greensboro offense in the ninth to earn the save.

Game two was a slugfest with a combined 25 runs scored on 35 hits. Dre Jones and Trevor Mears each ripped a team-leading three hits while seven different Wolverines recorded at least one RBI in the game. Wesley scored its 12 runs all with just one extra base hit. The other 16 hits that the Wolverines generated were all singles. 

The Navy and White went through six different pitchers in the game, with Sam Meck getting the start tossing five innings. Nate Weir, Cody Simet, Aaron Briggs, Cody Miller, and Eric Willey each made an appearance with Willey taking the loss as the pitcher of record. 

Wesley jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the third inning, sending 12 batters to the plate. The squad registered nine hits and capitalized on a Hampden-Sydney error to plate six runs. Jones ripped the team's big hit, an RBI double that began the rally early in the inning. HSC responded with four runs in the bottom of the third, but Wesley's bats went right back to work in the fourth, scoring five more. Five hits plated five runs in the fourth, including a two-run single by Bramble that gave Wesley an 11-4 lead. 

The Tigers clawed their way back into contention, tying the game at 11-11 with seven consecutive runs. With the game tied entering the ninth inning, Wesley took the lead on some clutch hitting and good fortune. Eric Speidel and Dre Jones each singled, but Speidel was picked off second base for the second out of the inning. Jones stole second to put a runner in scoring position for Mears. The Wolverines' hottest hitter so far this season benefitted from some good luck as his ground ball to second base ate up the defender allowing him to reach base and Jones to score the go-ahead run.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers were able to get a pair of runners on and drive in some runs, tying the game on an RBI single and walking off on a sacrifice fly that gave them the 13-12 victory.

On the weekend, Wesley moves to 2-2 to open the season. The squad will return to action on Saturday, Feb. 28 when they play host to Lebanon Valley College for a doubleheader.