FROSTBURG, Md. - The Wesley College Baseball team was facing elimination today in their second game of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament, but stayed alive in their chase for the conference crown with a 10-6 victory over Penn State Harrisburg.
Trevor Mears, Christopher Seibert, Mike Calvarese, and Chris Bramble each recorded a pair of hits as the Wesley offense knocked around six different Nittany Lion pitchers for the win. Eric Willey tossed eight innings, allowing six earned runs on 17 hits but still earned the win. Nate Weir closed out the game for Wesley, pitching a scoreless ninth to ice it.
The Wolverines struck early and often, plating five runs in the first two frames. Calvarese knocked a bases loaded single to score a run and Ron Morello drove one in on a fielder's choice to make it 2-0 in the first. In the second inning, Eric Speidel, KeAndre Jones and Mears each tallied RBI singles to increase the lead to 5-0.
Penn State Harrisburg got on the board in the top of the fifth inning scoring two, but the Wolverines answered to stay out in front. Wesley scored one run in the fifth inning on a sac fly by Cody Dmiterchik and played another run in the sixth on a Calvarese single to make it 7-2.
The Nittany Lions cut the lead down to 7-6 with one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth, but the Wesley bats responded again. The Navy and White scored a run on a PSU-Harrisburg error before Seibert uncorked his eighth home run of the year, driving in Mears to give the Wolverines a comfortable 10-6 lead heading into the ninth. Weir cut down the Nittany Lions without much drama to close out the game.
The Wolverines will keep their chase for the conference crown going with a rendezvous with top seed and host Frostburg State on Friday at 12:30. The Bobcats lost their first round game to Penn State Harrisburg, but eliminated Christopher Newport with a win on Thursday. Five teams remain in the double-elimination tournament.