DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with the Manhattanville Valiants on Sunday in their 2018 home opener at Bob Reed Field.
Wesley dropped the opener of the doubleheader, 7-5 to Manhattanville.
Wesley scored four runs in the bottom of the second to strike first. Michael Piccirillo scored the opening run of the game when he came around to score when Kevin Schmitt drew a bases-loaded walk. Jarrett Wallace followed with a single through the right side that scored Jordan Marucci. William Foster scored two batters later on an error by the third baseman. Chris Seibert hit an RBI single that scored Schmitt, but Wallace was thrown out at home by the Manhattanville right fielder to end the inning.
Manhattanville cut into the lead with three runs in the top of the third but Wesley got one of those runs back when Schmitt hit a two-out single to score Foster from second.
Manhattanville tied the game behind a two-run fourth and then took the lead with a two-run seventh to win the opener.
Wesley rebounded in the second game, taking the 9-5 win in Game 2 over Manhattanville.
Wesley took the early 6-0 lead in the first three innings of the game. Wesley started off hot with a three-run first inning. Will Barton hit an RBI single to right center to score Chris Bramble. Later in the first, Marucci hit a two-RBI single that scored Seibert and Piccirillo.
Wesley then pushed two runs across in the second when Wallace singled to left center to plate Jason Boc from second. Wallace came home later in the second with two outs when Cody Dmiterchik singled to left field.
Barton tallied Wesley's sixth run of the game in the third inning when Seibert hit an RBI double to center field.
Manhattanville chipped away at the early Wesley lead with a four-run fourth inning. Wesley stretched the lead back to four in the bottom of the fourth when Dmiterchik hit a two-run shot to give Wesley the 8-4 lead.
John Joines gave Wesley an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth when he hit an RBI double to center field that scored Piccirillo.
Manhattanville scored a run in the seventh on a sacrifice fly but Connor Springsteen sat the final batter of the game down looking to give Wesley the win in the nightcap.
Cody Simet earned his first win of 2018. Simet pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and four runs but striking out five Valiants.