Wolverines Earn Crucial Split in Conference Finale

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The Wesley College baseball team took one game out of two at Capital Athletic Conference rival Christopher Newport, closing out their regular season with a split.

In game one, the Wolverines rode the arm of Eric Willey to an 8-0 victory. The senior scattered eight hits in a complete-game shutout performance, striking out six Captains on his way to the victory. The Wesley bats provided all the offense that Willey needed as the 3-4-5 hitters Mears, Seibert, and Calvarese combined for nine hits, five runs and six RBI.

Wesley took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI single by Trey Mears and an RBI groundout by Seibert. The Wolverines would add two more in the fifth. Seibert brought in another run with a single and with the bases loaded Joe Hummel wore a pitch to drive in a run. Calvarese and Hummel each added RBI singles in the seventh and Mears and Seibert drove in solo runs in the eighth to make it 8-0. Willey shut down the Captains in the ninth, earning a game-ending strikeout to give Wesley the win.

The victory gave head coach Bret Underwood his 100th career coaching victory. The Wolverines' 19th victory of the season also ensured that the team will finish above .500 in the regular season for the first time since 2013.

In game two, Wesley nearly came back from a 5-2 deficit in the final two innings, but fell 5-4. Sam Meck tossed seven strong innings, allowing three earned runs on eight hits. Cody Simet came in as a reliever to toss a scoreless eighth. Cody Dmiterchik provided a two-run double while Joseph Hummel and Calvarese each drove in one.

Wesley took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on an RBI double by Hummel, but the Captains tied the game in the bottom of the frame. The home team then gained a 2-1 lead on a sac fly in the fourth, but the Wolverines tied the game in the sixth on a Calvarese RBI.

Wesley allowed three runs in the seventh. The Captains cashed in on three hits and capitalized on a costly Wolverine error to take a 5-1 lead. In the top of the eighth, Morello and Hummel each singled before Dmiterchik drove them both in with a double to the left field corner to make it 5-4. Wesley was one hit shy of tying the game, moving runners into scoring position in the eighth and the ninth, but could not convert.

The Wolverines close out their CAC slate with an 11-7 mark as well as a 19-15 overall record. The squad earned the fourth seed in the CAC playoffs and will travel to Salisbury for the first round of the tournament. The rest of the tournament will be played at top seed Frostburg State.