DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Baseball team earned their second consecutive Capital Athletic Conference win over a top-25 opponent, defeating No. 12 Salisbury University 10-9 on Wednesday at Bob Reed Field. The Wolverines scored eight runs in the first three innings and held off a Sea Gull rally to earn the victory.
Andrew Weaver got the starting nod, going 4.1 innings. The starter allowed five runs, four earned, on six hits but couldn't complete the fifth to earn the win. Cody Simet tossed the next inning and two-thirds allowing three runs. Sam Meck came in in the seventh allowing an earned run on two hits followed by Nate Weir who tossed a scoreless eighth and Eric Willey who shut down the side in the ninth for the save.
Chris Seibert and Joseph Hummel each blasted two-run home runs for the Wolverines. Hummel finished with four RBI while Seibert had three. KeAndre Jones increased his hitting streak to 13 games with a double while Ron Morello, Eric Speidel, and Trey Mears each had two hits apiece.
The Wolverines started the game with a five-run first inning, jumping all over the Sea Gulls and punishing their defensive mistakes. Speidel led off with a single, took second on a failed pick-off and third on a wild pitch. The shortstop came home two batters later on a Mears single. Back-to-back walks to Mike Calvarese and Ron Morello brought in another run and then Joe Hummel blasted a long single off the left field wall scoring two. Morello stole third and came home when the throw went off the third baseman's glove, making it 5-0. Chris Seibert added a run in the second inning with an RBI single to make it 6-0 and Hummel blasted a two-run home run to the opposite field to put the Wolverines ahead 8-0 in the third.
The Sea Gulls came storming back to tie the game though, scoring five runs in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth to draw the game level at 8-8.
With one swing of the bat Wesley regained the lead for good. Chris Seibert's two-run blast to left field in the bottom of the sixth inning put the Wolverines ahead 10-8, and it would prove the difference as Meck, Weir, and Willey combined to allow just one run over the final three innings giving the Navy and White the 10-9 victory.
Wesley improves to 11-12 on the season and 5-5 in the CAC. The squad will play host to Southern Virginia on Saturday in a CAC doubleheader.