HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, Va. – A late rally by the Wesley College baseball team fell short as the Wolverines fell to Hampden-Sydney, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon at Ty Cobb Ballpark in the final day of the Floyd Wilcox Memorial Tournament. Wesley now stands at 1-2 on the year while the Tigers improve to 7-2.
Trailing by five going into their final at bat, the Wolverines were able to score two runs on two hits and a Hampden-Sydney error. Ron Morello led off the ninth with a single and stole second base before being sacrificed over for the first out of the inning. Cory Smith then drove him in with a single and after a two base error scored on a groundout by Trevor Mears. Unfortunately that was all that Wesley could get as Conner Gobright lined a shot right to the shortstop to end the game.
The Wolverines led 2-1 after the top of the fourth when they scored a pair of runs after allowing a run in the bottom of the first. Mears led off the frame with a single and stole second before scoring on a RBI groundout by Matt Domian. With two outs, Adam Darling single and advanced to second on the throw before scoring on a RBI single by Eric Speidel.
Hampden-Sydney tied the score and added some in the fourth, taking a 5-2 lead after four innings but Wesley was able to get one of those runs back in the sixth on an RBI single by Gobright which scored Mears who doubled to start the inning. However, the Tigers added three more in their half of the frame to take an 8-4 lead.
Smith singled in Tyler Hunter in the seventh but HSC got that run back in the eighth before Wesley's final comeback attempt.
Gobright finished with three of Wesley's 12 hits while Smith and Mears had two hits apiece. Smith also drove in two while Mears scored twice.
Jeff Cochran took the loss for the Wolverines, allowing four earned on seven hits over three innings. Eric Marrero relieved him and allowed three runs in 2.2 innings while Brad Walker finished the final 2.1 innings, allowing just one run on three hits.
Hunter Lewis picked up his second win of the year, allowing four runs on eight hits over seven innings while striking out nine. John Lloyd also drove in three runs while going 4-for-4.
Wesley hosts Oswego State for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 1 at 12 pm.