2006 Baseball News

Wesley Finishes with Win
BROOKLYN, Ny. - Wesley College (23-19) defeated Polytechnic University by a final score of 20-8, in baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.  John Passwaters (SO, Bridgeville, DE/Lenoir-Rhyne) took the win on the mound, while Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) had two homeruns on the day.  Wesley pounded out 20 hits in the game.

The Wolverines will now await a possible bid into the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Baseball Tournament.  Please stay tuned to the Wesley website for more details.

Wesley Baseball Lands Five on All-Conference
Coach Keister Named Coach of the Year
DOVER, De. - Wesley College placed five members on the 2006 All-P ennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Team, which was announced on Monday afternoon.  First year head coach Tripp Keister was named the Coach of the Year, after leading Wesley to a current 22-19 overall and 12-9 conference record, which helped produce Wesley's first winning season since 2001.   "I am very honored that I was chosen as Coach of the Year.  This is obviously an honor that is indicative of the hard work of many people, assistant coaches, players and administrative staff, to name a few," commented Coach Keister.  "The 2006 Wesley College Baseball team exceeded many people's expectations after winning just eight games last year and I am extremely proud to be associated with this group."

Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel), Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest), Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) were all named to the 2nd team, while Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) was named honorable mention.  Quick was also named to the All-PAC Sportsmanship Team.  "This is a nice reward for our player's hard work.  These player's are very deserving and I could not be happier for them.  I felt these player's deserved post-season honors and obviously other coaches around the league felt the same way," added Coach Keister.

Buckland, who led the Wesley pitching staff with 7 wins, appeared in 12 games, pitching 60 1/3 innings, giving up 59 hits and striking out 58 batters, while having a 3.58 earned run average on the ye ar.  Buckland held opposing hitter's to a .241 average.  Smith and Quick were both selected as 2nd team infielders.  Smith led the Wolverines in hitting (.346), at-bats (133), hits (46), homeruns (4), total bases (69) and slugging percentage (.519), while also tying for the team-lead in doubles with 11.  Quick was right behind Smith batting .344 on year, with 29 runs scored, 7 doubles and stealing 16 bases on the season.  Mitchell, who was a candidate for PAC Rookie of the Year, batted .317 in his rookie season and led the team in runs scored with 32.  Mitchell added 4 doubles, 2 triples and 3 homeruns, which accounted for 29 RBI's on the season.  Bunnion hit .339 for Wesley, while starting in 39-of-39 games behind the plate and leading the team with 34 RBI's.  From top to bottom: Head Coach Tripp Keister, Ryan Buckland, Jordan Smith, Sean Quick, Shane Mitchell (L) and Dan Bunnion (R).

Wesley Eliminated from Conference Tournament
BOYERTOWN, Pa. - #4 Wesley College (22-19) fell to #2 Gwynedd-Mercy College (30-12) by a final score of 4-0 in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Tournament, on Saturday morning at Boyertown, PA and Bear Stadium.  Wesley is now eliminated from the tournament and will finish their regular season play as the Wolverines travel to Polytechnic University on Wednesday, May 10th at 1:00 PM.

In Saturday's game, Wesley starter Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) pitched 6 2/3 innings, 7 hits, 3 runs and 4 strikeouts.  Buckland limited the Griffins to 1 hit through 4 innings, but Gwynedd-Mercy broke through with 3 hits and 1 Wesley error to take a 2-0 lead after 5 innings.  Wesley would only muster 3 hits in the final four innings and could never get the offense going.  The Griffins scored single runs in the 7th and 8th innings to post a 4-0 lead heading into the 9th inning, but with a runner on first and one-out, Gwynedd-Mercy was able to finish the game on a double-play.

Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford), Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State), Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney), Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) and Marny McLee (JR, Dover, DE/North Burlington) all had one hit apiece for Wesley.

Wolverines Lose to Arcadia, 10-3
BOYERTOWN, Pa. - #4 Wesley College (22-18) lost to #1 Arcadia University (27-12) in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Tournament by a final score of 10-3, on Friday night at Boyertown, PA and Bear Stadium.  Wesley will now face #2 Gwynedd-Mercy College on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 AM at Bear Stadium.  The winner of that game will play at 7:00 PM against the winner of #1 Arcadia and #3 Alvernia College.

Wesley jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after 1 inning.  With 2 outs Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) walked and Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) doubled to send Quick to 3rd base.  Quick scored on a pass ball by Arcadia starting pitcher Tyler Pennepacker (JR, Reading, PA/Reading) to put Wesley up 1-0.  Arcadia followed by posting 4 runs in the bottom half of the 2nd inning off of Wesley starter Mike Dombrosky (FR, Bridgeport, NJ/Paulsboro).  Dombroski took the loss on the mound going 2 1/3 innings, giving up 2 hits, 2 earned runs, striking out 1 and walking 4.  Arcadia would scored  1 run in the 4th inning and 2 runs in the 5th inning to go up 7-1 on the Wolverines.

In the top of the 8th inning, Wesley scored one run off of 2 hits to pull within 7-2, but Arcadia scored 3 more runs to post a 10-2 lead after 8 innings. Wesley would score 1 more run to pull the Wolverines within 10-3, which would also prove to be the final tally for the game.

Wesley was out-hit on the day 9-4, with Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) going 2-for-4 with 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  Smith was 1-for-3 with 1 run scored, while Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) added an RBI.

Wesley Baseball Game Changed
DOVER, De. - The Wesley College baseball game scheduled for Monday, May 1st has been moved to Wednesday, May 10th at Polytechnic University with first pitch set for 1:00.

Baseball Set to Play #1 Arcadia
DOVER, De. - Wesley College received the #4 seed in the upcoming Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Baseball Tournament and will open up play on Friday, May 5th against #1 Arcadia University at 7:00 PM.  All games for the tournament are being played at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, PA. 
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2006 Pennsylvania Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Friday, May 5th

3:00 PM Game 1 - #3 Alvernia College vs. #2 Gwynedd-Mercy College
7:00 PM Game 2 - #4 Wesley College vs. #1 Alvernia College

Saturday, May 6th
11:00 AM Game 3 - Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser (Elimination Game)
3:00 PM Game 4 - Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
7:00 PM Game 5 - Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Loser (Elimination Game)

Sunday, May 7th
1:00 PM Game 6 - Game 4 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner
Game 7 - Immediately Following (If Necessary)

Wolverines Take One from Conference Leaders
GLENSIDE, Pa. - Wesley College (22-17, 12-9) split their final conference doubleheader with league-leading Arcadia University (26-11, 18-3), in baseball action on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley fell in game one by a final score of 4-3 in 9 innings, but avenged that loss with a 7-2 win in the nightcap.  Both Wesley and Arcadia will be playing in Boyertown, PA in the Pennsylvania Athletic Conference (PAC) Tournament, held at Bear Stadium starting on Friday, May 5th through Sunday, May 7th.  The tournament will include #1 Arcadia, #2 Gwynedd-Mercy College, #3 Alvernia College and #4 Wesley College.

In the opener, Wesley was up 3-2 going in the final inning and with 2 outs, Arcadia's John Connell delivered a clutch RBI single to even the score 3-3.  Connell got the chance to be the hero again as he delivered a one out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth plating Ken Spangenberg and delivering the 4-3 setback for Wesley.  Wesley was led by Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) who went 2-for-4 with a double, 1 RBI and 1 run scored.  Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

In game two, Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) pitched a complete game for Wesley earning him his 7th win on the mound, going 7 innings, surrendering 6 hits, 2 runs and 3 strikeouts.  Wesley scored single runs in each of the first three innings to go up 3-0 and plated 4 runs in the 5th inning to go up 7-0.  Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) was 2-for-5 with 3 RBI's to lead Wesley, who had only 4 hits in the game, but took advantage of 3 Arcadia errors and 7 walks by the Knights pitching staff. 

Wolverines Fall Short to League-Leading Arcadia
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (21-16, 11-8) fell to league-leading Arcadia University (25-10, 17-2) by a final score of 6-5, in baseball action on Friday afternoon a t Bob Reed Field.  Wesley who jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 2 innings of play, were victimized by poor base-running mistakes in each of the innings.  The Scarlet Knights scored 2 runs in the top of the fourth inning to tie the score at 2.  With Wesley runners on first and third with two-outs, Wesley executed a double steal, with Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) scoring to put Wesley back on top 3-2 after 4 innings.  Arcadia came up big in the 5th inning, getting 3 hits and 3 runs to take a 5-3 lead and scored 1 more run in the 7th inning to go up 6-3.

After two quick Wesley outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, lead-off hitter Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) walked to bring up Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest).  Mitch ell followed the Ellis walk with a 2-run homerun to bring the Wolverines to within one run (6-5).  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) followed by lacing a double to left-center field and Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) drawing a walk to bring up Bunnion.  With runners on first and second Bunnion came up and drove the ball to deep center field, with Arcadia's Anthony Ragona (SR, Marlton, NJ/Bishop Eustace) making the catch for the final out.

Wesley starter Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Oean County) went 3 2/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 runs, striking out 3 and walking 4.  Bryan Weiss (FR, Massapequa, NY/Massapequa) took the loss for Wesley, going 2 2/3 innings, giving up 4 hits and 3 earned runs.  Chris Koch (FR, Hyattsville, MD/Bishop McNamara) finished out the game, giving up only 1 hit and striking out 1.  Mitchell was 2-for-5 on the day for Wesley, with a homerun, 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored and Ellis was 1-for-4 with an RBI and 1 run scored.  Smith added an RBI for Wesley.  Photos: Top Left, Chris Koch, Bottom Right, Shane Mitchell

Wesley Overpowered by #4 Salisbury, 9-1
DOVER, De - Wesley College (21-15) lost to #4 Salisbury University (32-5) by a final score of 9-1, in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday night at Dover Little League's Schutte Park.  After Salisbury jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead off of Wesley starter Mike Dombrosky (FR, Bridgeport, NJ/Paulsboro) in the first inning, Wesley answered back in the bottom half of the first as Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) drove in Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) to knot the score at 1-1.  Salisbury scored 2 runs in the 2nd inning after Wesley committed 2 errors in the inning to put the Sea Gulls up 3-1.  Wesley was plagued by costly errors throughout the game, as Wesley committed 7 errors, while only mustering 6 hits on the night.  Salisbury starter Nick Dunk (SR, Seaford, DE/Seaford) pitched 8 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 run, while striking out 5.  Salisbury added 2 more runs in the 4th inning to take a 5-1 lead.

With the bases loaded and one out for Salisbury, Wesley's Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) came in for relief getting the final two outs surrendering no runs in the inning.  After the Sea Gulls went scoreless in the 6th inning and after two quick Wesley out's in the bottom half of the inning, Quick walked and stole second with Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) at the plate.  Smith drove the ball to deep left-center field, but Salisbury left fielder Jason Lively (SR, Gambrills, MD/Arundel) made a diving catch of the ball to save the run.  The Sea Gulls finished out the game scoring 3 runs in the 8th inning and 1 run in the 9th inning.

Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) led Wesley going 2-for-4 at the plate, with Quick, Ellis, Smith and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) all adding one hit apiece.  Quick had Wesley's lone RBI.  Wesley will next play on Friday, April 28th as they will host conference leader Arcadia University at 4:00 PM at Bob Reed Field.

Wolverines on Winning Track
By Andy Walter, Delaware State News
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Baseball Game Being Played at Schutte Park
DOVER, De. - The Wesley College baseball game scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th vs. #4 ranked Salisbury University will be played at Dover's Schutte Park.  First pitch is set for 7:00 PM.  Wesley currently stands at 21-14 overall on the season.  Salisbury, who is a member of the Capital Athletic Conference which Wesley will join in 2007-2008, is currently 31-5 on the season and ranked 4th nationally.

Wesley Sweeps Eagles to Secure Winning Season
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (21-14, 11-7) secured its first winning season since the 2001 team went 17-17, as the Wolverines swept Eastern University, in conference baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Wesley won game one 21-4 and finished off the sweep with a 10-2 win.  For the day the Wolverines pounded out 36 hits, with 14 different Wesley player's getting hits in the do ubleheader.  With the game's originally scheduled to be played at Eastern, Wesley was the visiting team in both games.

In the opener, John Passwater's (SO, Bridgeville, DE/Lenoir-Rhyne) secured his 4th win on the mound, going 5 innings giving up 1 run and striking out 2.  Wesley went up 4-0 in the second inning thanks in part to A.J. Jacobs' (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) 2-RBI double and Kevin Ellis' (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) 2-run single.  Wesley came back in the top half of the third inning, putting up 3 more runs to take a 7-0 lead.  Eastern scored 1 run in the bottom of the 4th inning, but Wesley answered right back scoring 5 and 8 runs in the 5th and 6th innings to put the game out of reach.  Jacobs led Wesley going 4-for-4, with a double, 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored.  Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) and Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) were 3-for-4 and 3-for-5 respectively, with Pidgeon adding 3 RBI's and 1 run scored and Bunnion scoring 3 runs and plating 2 RBI's.  Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 2-for-6 with a 3-run homerun, plating him 3 RBI's on the day.  Ellis also had 3 RBI's.

Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) notched his 6th win on the mound in the nightcap of the twin-bill, giving another solid effort for Wesley going 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 5.  Eastern scored first, opening up a 1-0 lead after 2 innings, but Wesley answered the call plating 3 runs in the 3rd inning to go up 3-1.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) plated 2 runs in the inning and Pidgeon singled with 2 outs in the inning to score Quick.  Wesley scored 2 more runs in the 5th inning and 4 runs in the 6th inning, aided by a 3-run homerun by Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford).  The Eagles scored 1-run in the 6th inning, with Wesley scoring one more run in the 7th to go up 10-2.  Wesley reliever Matt McKee (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) came in the 7th inning, giving up one hit and striking out 2 to secure the Wesley win.  Mitchell was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and Ellis, Quick, Smith and Pidgeon all had 2 hits apiece.  Quick, Smith and Pidgeon added 2 RBI's apiece respectively.

Wesley currently stands in fourth place in the conference standing at 11-7, with Marywood University posting a current record of 7-8 in conference play.  Only the top four teams will earn a bid into the conference tournament.  Wesley has 3 conference games remaining against Arcadia University and will host non-conference opponent Salisbury University at Schutte Park on Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 PM, before the Wolverines host Arcadia on Friday, April 28th, in a 1 9-inning game with first pitch set for 3:00 at Bob Reed Field.  Photo: Cody Pidgeon

Smith Powers Wesley to Win
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (19-14, 9-7) defeated Eastern University by a final score of 13-7, in conference baseball action on Friday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Game two of the doubleheader has been postponed, w ith Saturday's game at Eastern University already being postponed.  No make-up dates for either of the games has been set yet.

Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) led the offensive attack of Wesley, going 2-for-3 with a homerun, 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored.  With the Wolverines staking a 2-0 lead heading in the third inning, Smith blasted a two-run homerun over the right-center field wall to put Wesley up 4-0.  Eastern scored one run in the top half of the 4th, but Wesley reeled off 2 more runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up 6-1.  The Eagles combined to commit 5 errors in the 5th and 6th innings to help put Wesley comfortably ahead 13-1, before Eastern scored 6 runs in the top of the 7th for the final tally.

Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored, while Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) and Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford) added 1 RBI apiece.  Mike Dombrosky (FR, Bridgeport, NJ/Paulsboro) took the win on the mound, going 5 innings and striking out 3 on the day.  Photo: Jordan Smith

Baseball Game Changes Time and Site for Game
DOVER, De. - The Wesley College baseball game scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 3:00 has been moved to a 7:00 start time and has been moved off the campus of Wesley College to Schutte Park in Dover, DE.  The game is a one 9-inning contest.

Wesley Blasted by Knights, 14-4
(Tuesday, April 18th)
ASTON, Pa. - Wesley College (18-14, 8-7) fell to conference opponent Neumann College (8-14, 4-11) by a final score of 14-4, in baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.  Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State), Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) and Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) were all 2-for-4 apiece for the Wolverines.  Smith had 2 RBI's and Ellis added 1 RBI, while Mitchell had 2 runs scored.  Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) took the loss on the mound for Wesley, going 7 innings, giving up 10 hits, 7 earned run and striking out 8.

Wesley fell behind early 5-0 after 5 innings, before scoring two runs in the top half of the sixth to pull within 5-2.  Neumann scored 5 runs in the bottom half of the inning to go up 10-2 to help put the game out of reach.  Wesley was out-hit 14-9 in the game.

Buckland Helps Wesley End Slide
(Monday, April 17th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (18-13, 8-6) was able to end their five-game losing streak, winning 4-3 in the second game of the doubleheader against conferen ce opponent Neumann College, in baseball action on Monday afternoon.  Wesley fell in game one, 7-3.  Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) pitched 6 2/3 innings in the nightcap, giving up 5 hits, 0 earned runs and striking out 6 for his 6th win on the mound.  Wesley held a 4-0 lead heading into the 7th inning, before Neumann scored 3 runs in the inning on 2 hits and 2 Wesley errors.  Matt McKee (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) came in to relieve Buckland, striking out the only Knight batter he faced for his 3rd save on the season.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) paced the Wesley offense going 1-for-2 with 2 RBI's, while Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) both added one hit and 1 RBI apiece.  Mitchell also had a run scored in the win.

In the opener, Wesley only mustered 5 hits in the game, and was led by A.J. Jacobs' (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) 2-for-3 performance, with a double and RBI.  Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was 1-for-3 with an RBI, while Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) had 2 runs scored.  John Passwaters (SO, Bridgeville, DE/Lenoir Rhyne) took the loss on the mound for Wesley, as he went 4 2/3 innings, giving up 8 hits, 2 earned runs and striking out 6.  Photo: Ryan Buckland

Wesley's Late Rally Not Enough
(Saturday, April 15th)
STEVENSON, Md. - Wesley College (17-12) fell to non-conference opponent Villa Julie College by a final score of 17-16, in baseball action on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley entered the top of the 9th inning down 15-6 to the Mustangs and managed to score 10 runs with 2 outs in the inning to take a 16-15 lead, heading into Villa Julie's last at-bat.  Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) had a 2-run 2-out double to give the Wolverines the lead.  Villa Julie managed to score 2 runs in the 9th for the victory.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 3-for-5 on the day for the Wolverines, while Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI's.

Wolverines Lose Pair to Griffins
(Wednesday, April 12th)
GWYNEDD VALLEY, Pa. - Wesley College (17-11, 7-5) was swept by conference opponent Gwynedd-Mercy College (20-9, 11-1), in baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.  Wesley fell 7-3 in game one and 7-6 in the nightcap.  Wesley jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning and held that lead until the Griffins put up one run in the bottom half of the third inning.  Gwynedd-Mercy went on to score 3 runs apiece in the 5th and 6th innings, before Wesley made one last rally in the 7th inning, putting up 2 runs for the final tally.  Wesley pitcher Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 earned runs, while striking out 3 in the loss.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) led Wesley's offense going 2-for-3, while A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) had 2 RBI's.

In game two, Wesley gave up 4 runs in the seventh inning as the Griffins completed the three-game sweep of Wesley.  Gwynedd-Mercy scored 1 run in the first inning, before Wesley scored 2 runs in the 3rd inning after Smith dropped his third homerun of the season to put the Wolverines up 2-1.  Wesley scored another 3 runs in the 4th inning after Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) had a 2 RBI single.  With Wesley up 5-1, the Griffins scored 2 runs in the 5th inning to pull within 5-3.  After Wesley scored one run in the sixth inning, the Griffins scored 4 runs off of Wesley reliever Matt McKee (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) to pull out the victory.  Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was 2-for-4 for the Wolverines.

Wesley Falls in Close Game to Griffins, 3-1
(Tuesday, April 11th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (17-9, 7-3) lost to conference foe Gwynedd-Mercy College (18-9, 9-1) by a final score of 3-1, in baseball action on Tuesday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Wesley went on the board first in the bottom of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) who plated Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest).  Gwynedd-Mercy bounced right back scoring in the top half of the 2nd inning to knot the score at 1-1.  Wesley starter Mike Dombrosky (FR, Brideport, NJ/Paulsboro) pitched 5 solid innings for the Wolverines, giving up only 1 hit, 3 runs and adding 5 strikeouts.  The Griffins would score runs in the 5th and 6th innings to go up 3-1 and hold Wesley to only 3 hits the rest of the game.

Both teams had 5 hits in the game, with Gould going 1-for-2 for Wesley with 1 RBI.  Mitchell was 1-for-3 with 1 run scored.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford), Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) and Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) all had 1 hit apiece.

Wolverines Garner Split with Alvernia
(Saturday, April 10th)
READING, Pa. - Wesley College (17-8, 7-2) split a baseball doubleheader with the defending conference champion Alvernia College on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley fell in game one 5-1, but took game two by a final score of 7-4.  The 17 wins marks the most wins since the 2000 and 2001 teams both won 17 games.  In the opener, Wesley was led by Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) who was 2-for-3 at the plate, while Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) picked up his 4th win on the season on the mound, pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs, while striking out 6.  Wesley opened up the game with 2 runs in the first inning and went up 4-1 in the top half of the 4th inning before the Crusaders scored 2 runs to pull within 4-3.  Wesley had 4 hits and scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to take a 7-3 lead.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) had a 2-run single in the inning for Wesley.  The Wolverines would limit Alvernia to one more run to pick up the win.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) provided the offensive punch for Wesley going 3-for-4 with a double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI's and 2 stolen bases.  Cody Pidgeon (Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) was 2-for-3 with 1 run scored, while Bunnion had his 2 RBI's.  Smith had 2 runs scored and an RBI in the win.

Six-Run 7th Inning Costly for Wesley
Lose to Alvernia, 10-3
(Friday, April 7th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (16-7, 6-1) lost their first conference game of the season, falling to Alvernia College (14-9, 3-4) by a final score of 10-3, in baseball action on Friday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  With Wesley down 4-1 entering the 7th inning, Alvernia scored 6 runs on 4 hits and 5 Wesley errors to go up 10-1.  Wesley scored 2 runs in the 9th inning for the final tally.

Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) pitched 6 2/3 innings, scattering 10 hits, 5 earned runs and striking out 1 for Wesley.  Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 2-for-5, while Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) was 1-for-3 with 2 RBI's for the Wolverines.  Wesley stranded 12 runners on the day and committed 7 errors.  The Crusaders had 12 hits to Wesley's 7.

Passwaters No-Hitter Leads Wesley to Sweep
(Saturday, April 1st)
DOVER, De. - John Passwaters (SO, Bridgeville, DE/Lenoir-Rhyne) pitched a no-hitter in Wesley's 10-0 conference win over College Misericordia, in game one of baseball action at Bob Reed Field on Saturday afternoon.  Passwater's pitched 7 innings, striking out 5 and faced only two batters over the minimum.  Wesley completed the conference three-game sweep in game two, defeating the Cougars 10-5 in the nightcap.  Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored, a triple and RBI.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and a run scored.  A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) stole home for Wesley and pounded out 14 hits in the game.  Marny McLee (JR, Dover, DE/North Burlington) was also 2-for-4.  The no-hitter thrown by Passwaters, was the first no-hitter since T.R. Cannon threw a no-hitter for Wesley in 1992.

In game two, Ryan Buckland (SO, Middletown, DE/Caravel) took the win on the mound, pitching 5 innings, giving up 7 hits, 2 earned runs and 7 strikeouts.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 2-for-4 with a homerun and 2 RBI's, while Mitchell was 2-for-4.  Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) was also 2-for-4, as the Wolverines had 11 hits in the nightcap.

Wolverines Hold on for Conference Win
(Friday, March 31st)
DALLAS, Pa. - Wesley College (14-6, 4-0) scored 4 early runs and held on for a 4-3 conference win over College Misericordia, in baseball action on Friday afternoon.  Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) pitched 6 innings, scattering 7 hits, striking out 1 and giving up only 1 earned run to pick up the win on the mound.  Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) and Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) led the Wesley offense, with Mitchell going 2-for-4 and Smith going 2-for-5 on the day.  Mitchell had a triple, 2 RBI's and 1 run scored and Smith had a double and run scored.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Barnegat, NJ/Highland Regional) added an RBI.

Wesley and Misericordia will square off in a doubleheader scheduled for Saturday, April 1st, with first pitch set for 12:00 at Bob Reed Field in Dover, DE.

Wolverines Throw Away Game to Villa Julie
(Sunday, March 26th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (13-6) committed 5 errors in the first two-innings to put them behind 5-0 early and help Villa Julie College (8-8) to an 8-3 non-conference win, in baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  The Wolverines committed 10 errors in the game, with both teams ending the day with 8 hits.  Villa Julie committed only 1 error in the ballgame.

Wesley's Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) was 1-for-3 with 1 RBI, while Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oake Ridge, NJ/West Milford) had one hit, a run scored and 1 RBI.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) both had doubles and Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) added an RBI for Wesley.

Wesley Powers Way to Sweep
(Saturday, March 25th)
DOVER, De. - After defeating Marywood University (6-9, 0-3) 12-4 on Friday afternoon, Wesley took the swe ep of the 3-game series winning 7-4 in 8-innings in game one and 22-3 in game two, on a dreary Saturday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Wesley now stands at 13-5 on the season and 3-0 in conference play. 

The Wolverines were down 4-0 headed into the bottom half of the seventh inning in game one and after Wesley scored an unearned run to pull within 4-1, Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) unloaded a base-clearing double to tie the game at 4-4.  Wesley pitcher Matt McKee (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) started the top of the eighth with two quick outs, before walking the next two batters.  With runners on first and second, McKee was able to get the easy force out at third base to hold the Pacers scoreless.  After Wesley's Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) and Marny McLee (JR, Dover, DE/North Burlington) both reached base, Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) uncorked his first homerun of the season over the right-center wall to give the Wolverines the come-from-behind win.  Mitchell was 3-for-4, with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored to go along with his homerun.

In the nightcap, the Wolverine bats were alive, smacking out a season-high 20 hits.  Ten different Wesley player's had hits.  Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford) was 5-for-6 with a homerun, 5 RBI's, 2 doubles and 1 run scored to lead the Wesley attack.  Ryan Buckland (JR, Middletown, DE/Caravel) pitched 6 innings, giving up 2 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 11 for his second win of the season.  Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State), A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) and Smith all had 3 hits apiece, with Jacobs adding 6 RBI's.  Jacobs also had 2 runs scored and 2 doubles. 

Wesley will next be in action as they will host non-conference opponent Villa Julie College on Sunday, March 26th, with first pitch set for 1:00 at Bob Reed Field.  Photo: Shane Mitchell

Wesley Upends Marywood in Conference Opener
(Saturday, March 24th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (11-5, 1-0) opened up conference play by defeating Marywood University by a final score of 12-4, in baseball action on Friday afternoon.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) slammed a two-run homerun to give Wesley a 4-3 lead in the top half of the sixth inning.  Marywood answered back in the bottom half of the inning tying the game at 4-4, but Wesley scored six runs in the top of the seventh to go up 10-4. 

\Wesley would close the game with eight unanswered runs, six of which came in the top of the 7th.  After Wesley loaded the bases, Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) picked up an RBI after being hit by a pitch.  Jacobs would then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Anthony Cisternino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford), but the real damage came off of Shane Mitchell's (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) 2 run single later in the inning and Kevin Ellis' (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) 2 run double. Jacob's would then plate two more in the 8th with his 2-RBI single.  Kevin Gayan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) improved to 4-1 on the season as he went the distance on the mound for Wesley, striking out four while scattering 11 hits.

Smith was 2-for-4 on the day with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored, while Jacobs and Quick were also 2-for-4 apiece.  Jacobs added 4 RBI's.  Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) and Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) were both 2-for-5 for Wesley.

Wesley Bats Cold in 10-2 Loss to Haverford
(Wednesday, March 22nd)
HAVERFORD, Pa. - Wesley College (10-5) fell to non-conference opponent Haverford College by a final score of 10-2, in baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.  Wesley only mustered 4 hits in the game, being led by Josh Gould's (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) 2-run single.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Barnegat, NJ/Highland Regional), Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) and Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) all had singles for the Wolverines.

Bunnion's Slam Lifts Wesley over Catholic, 17-16
(Saturday, March 18th)
DOVER, De. - Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) hit a walk-off grand slam homerun, to help lift Wesley to a 17-16 non-conference win over Catholic University (10-9-1), at Bob Reed Field on Saturday afternoon.  Wesley held a 10-8 lead going into the top of the 7th inning, but the Cardinals put up 5 runs on 4 hits to take a 13-10 lead.  The Cardinals continued their offensive attack in the top of the 8th inning, scoring three runs to push their lead to 16-10.  The Wolverines were able to score 1 in the bottom half of the inning to pull within 16-11, while Wesley reliever Matt McKee held the Cardinals scoreless in the top half of the 9th.

In the bottom of the 9th, Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State) walked to open up the inning.  After back-to-back outs, Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) singled to right field to put Ellis on second.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) then singled to score Ellis to pull Wesley within 4 runs (16-12).  After both runner's advanced to second and third after a Cardinal wild pitch, Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) walked and Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) lined a single to left on a 1-2 count to put the score at 16-13.  Bunnion then blasted his 1st homerun of the season on a 2-2 count over the left field wall, to give Wesley its 10th win on the season.

Bunnion finished the day 1-for-4 with 4 RBI's and 2 runs scored, while Strickland led the Wesley offense going 3-for-6, with a homerun, 4 RBI's and 1 run scored.  A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and 1 run scored, while Quick and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) were both 2-for-5 on the day.  Jacobs had 2 RBI's and Pidgeon had 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's.  McKee improved to 2-0 on the season, picking up the win on the mound.  Photo: Top Left, Dan Bunnion
Photo: Bottom Right, A.J. Jacobs

Wesley Drops Non-Conference Game to Sea Gulls
(Wednesday, March 15th)
SALISBURY, Md. - Wesley College (9-4) fell to non-conference opponent Salisbury University (15-2) by a final score of 17-1, in baseball action on Wednesday afternoon.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) led Wesley on the day, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and Justin Strickland's (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) 2-for-4 performance.  A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) added a double and run scored.

Wesley committed 4 errors in the game, while the Sea Gulls pounded out 18 hits to Wesley's 9.

Wesley Wins Fourth Straight with Sweep
(Saturday, March 12th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (9-3) swept its second consecutive doubleheader, by defeating Penn State-Berks in both games by final scores of 7-0 and 11-2, in baseball action on Sunday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) led Wesley in the opener going 2-for-4 with a homerun, 3 RBI's and 1 run scored, while Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) was 2-for-4 with a homerun, double, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.  Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest), Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) and Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) all had 2 hits apiece.

In game two, A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) was 2-for-3 with a double, 1 RBI and 1 run scored and Sean Hairston (FR, Dover, DE/Polytech) was 2-for-2 with a double, 2 RBI's and 1 stolen base.  Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) was 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Wolverines Romp to Pair of Wins
(Saturday, March 11th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (7-3) won both games of the doubleheader against non-conference opponent Polytechnic University (0-2), by final scores of 18-2 and 17-1.  In game one, Wesley was led by Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) and Marny McLee (JR, Dover, DE/North Burlington) both going 3-for-3.  Bunnion had 2 doubles and 4 RBI's, while McLee had a triple and 2 RBI's.  Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) pitched 5 innings, giving up 1 hit and striking out 11.  The win is Gavan's third on the season.

In game two, Mike Dombrosky (FR, Bridgeport, NJ/Paulsboro) pitched 5 innings and struck out 8 for the win on the mound.  Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) led the offensive attack for Wesley in the nightcap, going 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI's.  Sean Hairston (FR, Dover, DE/Polytech), Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/Highland Regional) and A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) all had two hits apiece for the Wolverines.

Wesley Splits with Washington
(Tuesday, March 7th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (5-3) split their non-conference baseball doubleheader with visiting Washington College (2-4), winning 6-5 in game 1 and falling 7-2 in the nightcap, at Bob Reed Field on Tuesday afternoon. 

In the opener, the Shoreman jumped out to an early 2-0 lead off starting Wesley pitcher Ryan Buckland (JR, Middletown, DE/Caravel).  Wesley would place one run on the board in the bottom half of the second innin g to pull within 2-1.  In the bottom half of the fourth, Wesley had 3 runs on 4 hits to take a 4-2 lead.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional), who was 1-for-2 with 3 RBI's, had a 2 RBI double in the inning.  Wesley scored one run in the bottom of the sixth to push the Wolverine lead to 5-2, before the Shoreman would put three runs on the board in the top of the seventh.  Mike DeBartolome had a 2-run homerun for Washington in the inning.  With the score tied at 5-5, Wesley opened up with two hits.  After A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) sacrificed the runner's to second and third and Bunnion was intentionally walked, pinch-hitter Justin Strickland (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) hit a sacrifice fly to left field for the winning RBI.  Buckland, in a no-decision, pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up 5 hits, 1 earned run and striking out 4.  Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) led the Wesley offense going 4-for-4 with 1 run scored.  Matt McKee (SR, Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) was the winning pitcher for the Wolverines.

In game two, Kevin Ellis (SO, Newark, DE/Delaware State University) was 2-for-3 and Pidgeon was 1-for-2.  Bunnion added an RBI.  Wesley fell behind early again in the nightcap, 2-0, and had 3 costly errors in the game.  The Wolverines had 7 hits in the game and left 8 runners on base.  Photo: A.J. Jacobs

Wolverines Sweep SUNY-Purchase
(Saturday, March 4th)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (4-2) swept both games against non-conference opponent SUNY-Purchas (1-4), by final scores of 9-1 and 12-2, in baseball action on Saturday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  Wesley has now won four straight games.  In game one, SUNY-Purchase jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the top half of the first.  Wesley would score 3 runs in the bottom half of the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings to help secure the win for the Wolverines.  Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) picked up his second win on the mound, going 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, 1 run and striking out 7.  A.J. Jacobs (JR, Wilmington, DE/Salem C.C.) and Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) both went 2-for-4 and adding 2 RBI's apiece in the opener.  Jacobs also had 3 runs scored.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) and Anthony Cisterino (FR, Oak Ridge, NJ/West Milford) were both 2-for-3, with Bunnion adding 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored.

Bunnion led the Wesley offense in game two, going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI's, while Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.  Shane Mitchell (FR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) was also 2-for-4 with 2 RBI's and Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) had a homerun.  John Passwaters (SO, Bridgeville, DE/Lenoir-Rhyne) pitched 5 innings, giving up 4 hits and striking out 4.  Photo: Sean Quick, click on photo for full image

Late Rally Propels Wesley to Win
(Tuesday, February 28th)
ST. MARY'S, Md. - Wesley College (2-2) scored 7 runs in the top of the 8th inning to help secure a 10-3 non-conference win over St. Mary's College (2-3), in baseball action on Tuesday afternoon.  Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) led Wesley going 2-for-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's, while Cody Pidgeon (JR, Barnegat, NJ/Southern Regional) and Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) added 2 hits apiece.  Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) picked up the win in relief for the Wolverines.

Wesley had 12 hits on the day and had 6 stolen bases.  St. Mary's was limited to 6 hits by the Wolverine pitching staff.

Wolverines Split Non-Conference Twin-Bill
(Saturday, February 25th)
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Wesley College (1-2) split a pair games against Catholic University in baseball action on Saturday afternoon, falling 8-4 in game 1 and winning 16-1 in game 2.  In the opener, Wesley was led by Jordan Smith (SR, Harrington, DE/Lake Forest) going 1-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI's.  Josh Gould (JR, Greenwich, NJ/Cumberland Regional) was 1-for-2 and Sean Quick (SR, West Deptford, NJ/West Deptford) was 1-for-4.

Ryan Buckland (JR, Middletown, DE/Caravel) pitched 5 innings for Wesley in the final game of the doubleheader, giving up only 3 hits and striking out 6 in his first outing of the young season.  Gould led the offensive attack of the Wolverines, going 4-for-5 with a grandslam, double and 8 RBI's, while Smith was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  Marny McLee (JR, Dover, DE/North Burlington) was 2-for-5.

Wolverines Drop Season Opener
(Thursday, February 23rd)
DOVER, De. - Wesley College (0-1) opened up the 2006 season with an 8-3 loss to non-conference opponent St. Mary's College (1-1), on Thursday afternoon at Bob Reed Field.  The Wolverines could only muster 6 hits on the day, while leaving 14 runners on base.  The Seahawks jumped out to an 8-1 lead.  Wesley's Kevin Gavan (SR, Lakewood, NJ/Ocean County) took the loss on the mound.  Dan Bunnion (SO, Blackwood, NJ/Highland Regional) was 2-for-3 with 1 RBI for the Wolverines.

Wesley will travel to Catholic University on Saturday, February 25th for a doubleheader, with first pitch scheduled for 12:00.

Keister Announces Commitments for 2006 Season
Dover, DE - Wesley College head baseball coach, Tripp Keister, has announced his initial recruiting class for the upcoming 2006 season.  Keister, who started his new post in August, has 10 commitments for the Wolverines program.  Highlighting the list of recruits are local products Shane Mitchell (1B/Lake Forest), Sean Hairston (OF/Polytech), and A.J. Jacobs (SS/P/McKean), along with New Jersey committees Brent Lopez (C/3B/Absegami) and Kurt Seer (OF/Lower Cape May Regional).

Both Mitchell (2nd Team) and Hairston (1st Team) received All-State accolades in 2005, while Mitchell was named the Blue/Gold game MVP.  Hairston led the state of Delaware in RBI's (34) and had a batting average of .433.  Jacobs batted a respectable .346 in 42 games played in 2004 at Salem Community College, with 36 runs scored and 21 RBI's.  Lopez, a catcher/third baseman, was 1st Team All-Cape Atlantic and 2nd Team All-South Jersey and Seer was a 1st Team All-South Jersey member.

"Recruiting is an exciting part of coaching college baseball. These student-athletes will be a part of the turn around of the Wesley baseball program as we move forward. I am very happy that we have three Delaware products and I hope to have more in the future, " stated Keister.

Robert Rehill (OF/Lower Cape May Regional/NJ), Chris Koch (LHP/1B/Bishop McNamara/MD), Jason Murawski (LHP/Allentown/NJ), Ricardo Vargas (LHP/Urbana/MD), and Patrick Sumek (C/3B/Williamstown/NJ) round out the list of commitments for Coach Keister.

"I feel like I have recruited some players who can step right in and contribute both offensively and on the mound. I anticipate bringing in more kids but this is a nice start and I am excited that so many student-athletes are as excited about the direction of the program as I am."

Keister Named Baseball Coach at Wesley
DOVER, De. - Wesley College has turned to a popular Delaware sports personality to lead its baseball program.

Donald C. "Tripp" Keister, a Delaware native and former standout outfielder for the University of Delaware and ex-head baseball coach at Delaware State University, was introduced Thursday as the new head baseball coach and assistant director of sports at Wesley.  He will begin his new position in August.

 He will replace Matt Addonizio who recently accepted a full-time instructional position at Wesley after serving in a split capacity for six years.  He served as head baseball coach for nearly five seasons, including an 8-18 record in 2005.

"Tripp Keister is one of the bright young minds in college baseball," said Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College.  "We've followed his progress as a coach, professional scout and athletic administrator for a number of years and are pleased that he'll be sharing his many talents with our students at Wesley.  He receives tremendous reviews by knowledgeable baseball people as a motivator and as an outstanding teacher of the game."

"I'm really excited to be coming to Wesley," Keister said.  "Wesley is an exciting institution that has grown a good bit during the past eight years.  The College's position as an NCAA Division III leader both academically and athletically on the Delmarva Peninsula is extremely attractive to me.   The potential surrounding this program is tremendous."

The appointment is among a series of  "high profile" coaching hires in recent months by Dr. Miller.  In January, the College announced that 2004 Delaware Coach of the Year Jerry Kobasa of Sussex Tech would become the head basketball coach and director of athletic advancement.  He replaced veteran CR coach John Coveleski, who filled in last season on an interim basis.  A month later, long-time former Caesar Rodney High School volleyball coach Cindy Savage was named to head the first year program at Wesley.  Elise Coar, a prominent statewide tennis player, was hired this spring to coach women's tennis.

A three person screening committee, headed by football coach Mike Drass, made the recommendation for the new coach to Dr. Miller.

"Coach Keister will bring tremendous strength to our department and baseball program," Drass said.  "He is widely known and respected and we are confident that he will return us to regional-even national-prominence."

Keister becomes just the third Wesley diamond coach in the past 36 years.  Addonizio replaced long-time Wesley mentor Bob Reed, who retired as coach in 2000, but remained on the College's faculty.  Addonizio had served as his top assistant before being named to the top spot.  Reed retired this past month from the Wesley faculty and was recently honored with the naming of the Wesley baseball complex as "Coach Bob Reed Field."  The stands at the field were named the "Robert and Vivian Reed Grandstands" in memory of his parents in 1998.

              A graduate of McKean High School, Keister earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physical Education at the University of Delaware in 1992, where he also lettered as a star outfield on the school's baseball team. Ironically, he played at UD under legendary Coach Bob Hannah, a Wesley College graduate.  The New York Mets subsequently drafted him in the 32nd round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.

              After playing four years of minor league baseball, he became an assistant baseball coach at the University of South Carolina from 1996-98. Delaware State University hired him as its head baseball coach in July 1998, and over the 1999 and 2000 seasons, Keister turned around a losing program and led the team to a 45-38 overall record that included two Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference North Division titles.

              Keister left DSU after the 2000 season to assume a scouting post with the San Diego Padres. With the Padres, he served as an amateur scout, and also scouted the Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Baltimore Orioles. He continued in the scouting post until he was named associate athletic director of development at DSU.

              Keister says that he is excited to be back in coaching. "Wesley offered me the best of both worlds," Keister said.  "I really missed coaching and love athletic administration work.  This position provides the best of both worlds."

                As assistant AD, Keister will assist with the overall daily operations of the department and facility development.  Recent athletic facility improvements include an extensive renovation of Wolverine Stadium to include artificial turf and lights, construction of a sports/recreation field house and tennis courts, and improvements to the gymnasium, locker rooms, and natatorium.

              Keister currently resides with his wife Maureen and his three children in Wilmington.