PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Rob Benedict, Jon Carlson and Greg McKee all drove in two runs and Tommy Reapsome pitched six efficient innings as the Wesley College baseball team defeated Arcadia University, 12-7, on Tuesday afternoon at Erny Field. The Wolverines improve to 23-9 on the season while the Knights fall to 11-17.
An eight-run second inning, where 13 players batted for Wesley, was the determining factor in the game. Steve Perone led off the frame with a solo home run, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Bryan Reshetar was then hit by a pitch and he was plated by McKee who smacked a triple to right field. Casey Rothwell then drew a free pass to put runners on the corners for Benedict who drove in both with a double to left. Carlson followed up with a double to center field, easily scoring Benedict to make the score 6-0.
Carlson then stole third and the throw went wild, allowing him to score. Sam Farnell then reached on an error and stole second before back-to-back walks issued to Morgan Rupp and Perone loaded the bases. Reshetar also drew a free pass for an RBI accounting for the eighth run of the inning.
Arcadia was able to get one back in its half of the inning but Wesley put another three runs on the board in the fifth. McKee and Rothwell started the rally with singles before a long fly ball by Benedict advanced McKee to third. An infield single by Carlson scored McKee and Rothwell advanced to third on the play. Farnell's sacrifice fly to left scored Rothwell and Geoff Kimmel drove in Carlson with a single to left.
Wesley tacked on another in the sixth and the Knights responded with three, cutting the lead to 12-4 after six innings. That would end Reapsome's day on the mound as he earned his second win of the season. The freshman right-hander allowed just four runs on four hits in his six innings of work.
Carlson and McKee both had three hits on the day to lead the Wolverines and both also scored a pair of runs. Also scoring twice on the day was Perone and Rothwell.
The Wolverines are back in action on April 13-14, when they travel to Frostburg State for the final CAC series before the conference tournament.