Wesley baseball returns to CAC Championship Tournament

Photo by Ben Fulton Imagery
Photo by Ben Fulton Imagery

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team looks to capture their first Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship in their 10th consecutive appearance in the conference tournament.

The Wolverines earned the fourth-seed in the tournament with a regular season record of 17-13 and a 9-9 record in the CAC.

The Wolverines have racked up some impressive wins so far this season, starting off with a season-opening 34-1 victory against Valley Forge on Feb. 23. Later on in the season, the Wolverines picked up a non-conference win over the then No. 12-ranked Oswego State on Feb. 26. In conference play, the Wolverines swept the previously conference-unbeaten Christopher Newport on April 8.

Throughout the season, the Wolverines have been powered by their offense. As a team, Wesley leads the CAC in batting average (.322) and on-base percentage (.426)

Senior outfielder Trey Mears has been one of the best players in the entire nation. At the end of the regular season, Mears led the CAC in batting average (.517), on-base percentage (.580), slugging percentage (.750), hits (62), runs (50) and stolen bases (38). Mears also ranks second in the conference in runs batted in (44) and tied for second in doubles (14). As of the latest NCAA stat rankings, Mears has the most stolen bases and is tied for the most hits in all of Division III while also holding the second highest batting average in the nation.

Junior infielder Chris Seibert and senior infielder Mike Calvarese have been the pop in the middle of the lineup for the Wolverines. Seibert leads the CAC in runs batted in (50) and ranks second in batting average (.411) and slugging percentage (.710) behind Mears. Seibert is also in a tie for fourth in the conference in home runs (7). Seibert has also tallied 51 hits and 14 doubles. Calvarese has the fifth-highest batting average (.383) in the CAC. Calvarese also has 44 hits, 29 runs batted in and two home runs in the season.

Led by junior Alex Marrs, the pitching staff has recorded some clutch wins in the regular season. Marrs is tied for the CAC lead with seven wins in eight starts. He also notched 66 strikeouts with a 2.86 ERA. Marrs has been complemented by fellow juniors Sam Meck and Cody Simet, who have picked up three wins apiece during the regular season.

The fourth-seeded Wolverines will begin their pursuit of the CAC Championship on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. when they head north to Pennsylvania to take on the third-seed York (Pa.) Spartans. The rest of the double-elimination tournament will start on Thursday on the campus of Salisbury University. Fans can access the tournament central here.