SALISBURY, Md. - The fourth-seeded Wesley College fell flat in their Capital Athletic Conference Tournament opener, dropping a first round contest to Salisbury University 11-3.
Andrew Weaver got the starting nod for the Wolverines but allowed seven earned runs on eight hits over the first three innings. Cody Simet tossed the next six innings allowing two earned runs on six hits and ringing up three strikeouts.
Eric Speidel, KeAndre Jones, and Christopher Seibert each recorded a pair of hits for the Wolverines. Jones, Trevor Mears and Mike Calvarese acounted for one RBI each as the Wesley bats were held in check by the Sea Gulls' pitching staff.
Salisbury jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first but the Wolverines chipped away with a run in the top of the second. Seibert and Calvarese crushed back-to-back doubles to get the Wolverines on the scoreboard, making it 2-1.
In the bottom of the second Salisbury added four more runs to their lead, but Wesley kept working hard. The Wolverines plated another run in the top of the third when Jones singled home Speidel to make it 6-2. Salisbury added two more runs in the third and three in the sixth to take an 11-2 lead.
Wesley scored again in the seventh, with Speidel beginning another rally. The senior singled and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. KeAndre Jones singled to right to put runners on first and third for Mears who pushed a single through the right side to bring home a run, making it 11-3. That was all the offense Wesley could muster though, as they fell by that score.
Wesley will advance to the next stage of the double-elimination tournament hosted by Frostburg State University. The Wolverines will need to win the rest of their tournament games to earn the conference crown. Wesley will square off with Penn State Harrisburg on Thursday at Frostburg State.