FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Wesley College's baseball team dropped a pair of Capital Athletic Conference games to Frostburg State on Sunday afternoon at JP Riddle Stadium, home of the Coastal Plain League's Fayetteville SwampDogs. The Wolverines, who dropped the opener, 15-4, and lost the nightcap, 6-2, fall to 0-3 on the season while the Bobcats remain perfect at 9-0.
Tyler Hunter had himself a day at the plate for Wesley, but it was not enough to overcome the strong pitching performances by the Red & Black. Hunter finished the twinbill 5-for-8 with five runs batted in, including a 4-for-5 effort with three RBIs in the opener.
Frostburg touched up starting pitcher Eric Willey for two runs in both the third and fourth innings before erupting for five runs in the fifth to take a 9-0 lead. Alex Marrs relieved Willey to finish the fifth and tossed a 1-2-3 sixth before giving up five runs in the seventh as the Bobcats extended its lead to 14 runs.
Brett McCulley retired the side in order for the Wolverines in the eighth and Wesley was able to get to Frostburg for two runs in each of the final two innings with FSU adding a run in its half of the ninth. Stan Zulkowski drew a free pass to start the eighth and reached second on Eric Speidel's groundout to the pitcher. Hunter then singled through the right side to score Zulkowski and after Akin Wilks walked, Hunter scored on Connor Bowers' single through the right side, his second hit of the game.
The Wolverines started their last-inning rally with two outs when Zulkowski once again drew a walk. Speidel then singled him over 90 feet before Hunter found the gap in left center for a two-run double, giving him four hits and three RBIs in the opener.
Frostburg's Bennett Schlitz tossed six scoreless innings to take the win while the bats certainly helped him with home runs by three different players.
Game two was a pitcher's duel early with both teams scoring just two runs through the first five innings. Frostburg took the lead with two runs off Conner Springsteen in the second but Hunter singled in both Dominick Boccio and Speidel with a blooper to right field.
The Bobcats then got to Springsteen in the sixth for two runs and another run off Sam Meck to take a three-run lead as starting pitcher Clayton Freimuth continued to cruise. Rob Mills replaced Meck and threw two scoreless innings before giving way to Brad Walker who gave up a sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Freimuth took the win for Frostburg, allowing just two runs on four hits over 7.1 innings while striking out 12. Nick Huff then tossed 1.2 perfect innings to earn the save.
Wesley returns to action on Wednesday, March 11 for a CAC matchup at Salisbury starting at 3:30 pm.