FROSTBURG, Md. - The Wesley College Baseball team's Capital Athletic Conference Tournament hopes came to a crashing halt on Saturday morning when they fell 24-13 to the Frostburg State University Bobcats in an elimination game.
Faced with the tall task of taking on top seed and host Frostburg State in an elimination game, the Wolverines outplayed the odds, coming back from six runs down to draw even with the Bobcats and give themselves a chance for the win.
Sam Meck got the start and worked through the top of the first smoothly, giving the Wolverines the chance to take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Eric Speidel singled up the middle and KeAndre Jones doubled to right to make it second and third with no outs. Two batters later, Christopher Seibert drove them both home with a single to open the scoring in the slugfest.
Frostburg took a 3-2 lead, plating a trio of runs in the top of the second but Wesley responded to tie the game in the bottom of the frame. Cody Dmiterchik drove in a run with a ground ball to short that made it 3-3 in the second inning. Wesley grabbed a 4-3 lead in the third on a Calvarese RBI single, but the lead didn't last long.
The Bobcats scored seven straight over the next three innings to take a 10-4 lead into the bottom of the sixth. Wesley began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the sixth, scoring three to make it 10-7. An error and RBI singles from Mears and Seibert helped the Wolverines rally to within three runs.
In the top of the seventh Frostburg looked to seal their win with three runs in response to Wesley's rally. The Bobcats took a 13-7 lead, leaving the Wolverines with nine outs between them and elimination.
The Navy and White would not go down so easy. Ron Morello began the bottom of the seventh with a single, followed by another from Joe Hummel and a third by Chris Bramble to load the bases. Cody Dmiterchik and Speidel drew back-to-back RBI walks for a pair of runs. Jones legged out an infield single to score another. A fourth Wolverine crossed the plate on a double play before a cost Frostburg error allowed two more runs to come in, tying the game at 13-13.
Wesley reliever Andrew Weaver shut down the Bobcats' bats over the final two innings, giving the Wolverines a chance to earn a walk-off win in the ninth. With one out and a runner on first in the bottom of the ninth, Mother Nature interrupted the Wolverine momentum with a rain and lightning delay.
The contest was resumed on Saturday morning, but all of Wesley's momentum was gone. The Bobcats capitalized by getting out of the bottom of the ninth inning without allowing a Wolverines' run. In the top of the tenth inning the Bobcats strung together five hits and capitalized on two costly Wesley errors to plate 11 runs and take a 24-13 lead. With the tide swung back to the Bobcats, the Wolverines couldn't muster a rally in response and fell to the top seed.
The Wolverines move to 20-17 on the season, their first 20-win season since 2013 and their third in five years under Head Coach Bret Underwood.