Baseball Turns NCAA-Record 7 Double Plays in Loss

Matt Robles
Matt Robles

SALISBURY, Md. – Despite tying an NCAA Division All-Divisions record, and breaking the Division III record with seven double plays on the day, Wesley College's baseball team fell in the tenth inning to Mary Washington, 6-5, in the Second Round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament held at SU Baseball Field on Friday afternoon.  The Wolverines (19-14) will take on York (Pa.) at 4:00 pm in an elimination game on Saturday, April 20, at Salisbury.

The seven double plays turned by Wesley breaks the Division III record of six, which happened just four other times in NCAA Division III history. The last time a Division III team recorded six was on May 29, 2005, when Rowan turned six in a 16-inning game against Wartburg in the Third Round of the 2005 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regional. The NCAA All-Divisions record is seven, which has been done four times, all at the NCAA Division I level, with the last coming when Long Beach State turned seven against UC Riverside on May 11, 2003.

Corey Jefferson connected for three hits while Steve Perone recorded two more, including a two-run home run in the top of the eighth go give Wesley a 5-4 lead.

Wesley led 3-0 after two innings of play thanks to RBIs by Cory Smith and Jefferson in the first and another by Matt Robles in the second. 

Eric Willey held Mary Washington to just two hits through the first five innings as the Eagles grounded into three double plays during the stretch.  Mary Washington finally got to Willey in the sixth for a run before taking a 4-3 lead after scoring three times in the seventh.  Willey finally stopped the bleeding in the frame by forcing his fourth double play ball of the game.

After a double play in the sixth and a strike-them-out, throw-them-out double play ended the UMW seventh, Perone's shot to right center in the top of the eighth scored Jefferson who had singled with one out earlier in the inning.  Willey fought through some trouble in the eighth but got out of the jam with another double play ball.

With a 5-4 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Willey hit two batters and walked another with nobody out before Rich Lober relieved him.  Lober got the first batter he faced to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, but the tying run was able to score.

Lober got through the first two batters of the tenth inning unscathed but allowed a single and double before a fielding error allowed Mary Washington to get the victory.