Baseball battles with St. Joseph's in home opener

Baseball battles with St. Joseph's in home opener

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team began the home portion of their schedule with a twin bill against the St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) Bears.

Wesley dropped the first game of the doubleheader to St. Joseph's, 8-4.

After Alexander Weber led the game off with a walk, Jason Boc brought him all the way around from first with a double in the left center field gap to give Wesley the early one-run lead in the first inning.

St. Joseph's would tie the game at one in the second inning when Joseph Langan came around to score from second base on a wild pitch and a throwing error. Mike Gonzalez would give St. Joseph's the 3-1 lead with a two-run double down the left field line.

In the bottom of the third, William Musser knocked a single to right center to plate Jason Boc to cut the St. Joseph's lead to 3-2.

St. Joseph's stretched their lead to 8-2 in the fifth when five runs came around to score in the inning. Wesley would trim down to 8-4 in the bottom half of the fifth when Jordan Marucci hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Boc and Cory Joines drew a bases-loaded walk.

Jason Boc and William Musser each went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI. Boc scored twice while Musser and Alexander Weber each tallied a run.

Wesley and St. Joseph's battled back-and-forth in the doubleheader finale but the game ended in a 5-5 tie after seven innings due to darkness.

After St. Joseph's struck first with a run in the third inning, Wesley would draw the game even at one in the bottom of the fourth when Kevin Schmitt drove in Marucci on an RBI fielder's choice to the shortstop.

Anthony Palermo hit a two-run homer to left field to put the Bears up 3-1 in the fifth. Wesley would respond in the bottom half of the fifth when DaQuan Jefferson led off the frame with a double to left center and Musser brought him around to score on a single up the middle to cut the St. Joseph's lead in half.

Wesley would storm ahead in the bottom of the sixth and take a 5-4 lead when a pair of wild pitches with runners in scoring position and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at third base allowed three runs to cross the plate.

Wesley was looking to lock up the home win in the top of the seventh inning when Will DeLuca hit a two-out solo home run to left field to tie the game at five. After Wesley couldn't regain the lead in the bottom of the seventh, the game was ruled a tie due to darkness.

William Musser once again went 2-for-4 to pace the Wesley offense. Jason Boc, Jordan Marucci, William Foster, John Joines, Kevin Schmitt, Cory Joines and DaQuan Jefferson all registered a hit in the tie.

Dustin Sutton went five innings and struck out a pair of batters for Wesley.

Wesley will be back in action on Sunday when they host the No. 15 Oswego Lakers at Bob Reed Field. First pitch is set for 11 a.m.