Baseball’s late rally not enough against St. Mary’s

Baseball’s late rally not enough against St. Mary’s

DOVER, Del. – The Wesley College baseball team hosted the St. Mary's Seahawks in a non-conference contest and fell short, 14-12 on Thursday.

Wesley would get on the board first when Dustin Sutton found his way home on an RBI ground out by John Joines giving the Wolverines the early 1-0 lead.

St. Mary's would go on to score eight unanswered runs to steal the early lead from Wesley.

Down by seven runs in the middle innings, Wesley would begin to trim the lead when Cory Joines drove in Jason Boc and Will Musser closing the gap to 8-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Wesley would begin to inch closer to the lead. Cory Joines would then score Musser for the second time on an RBI single. A couple batters later, Alex Weber laid the perfect bunt down towards the Seahawks pitcher to bring home Boc trimming St. Mary's lead down to 8-5.

St. Mary's would add two insurance runs in the top of the seventh inning when Connor Coursey smacked a single to left field that scored Dakota Merritt and Andy Collins, pushing their lead to 10-5.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, down by five, Musser crushed a ball over the right field wall for his third homer of the season to start the late rally. With the bases loaded, Weber would advance everyone 90 feet on a single to the pitcher that scored Boc. One batter later, Sutton would reach on a fielder's choice that brought home Darin Matthews trimming the Seahawk lead down to 11-8.

St. Mary's would add three insurance runs with a Dillion Waters RBI single and a two-RBI single to right field from Bowen Plagge to extend their lead to 14-8 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

Facing a large deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning, Musser smacked a double into the gap in left center that scored Will Foster and Jordan Marucci to cut the Seahawk margin to 14-10. Cory Joines scored after Weber drew a walk with the bases loaded and a wild pitch would send DaQuan Jefferson home trailing St. Mary's 14-12. A two-run deficit would be the closest Wesley would get to the lead.

Musser, Weber and Cory Joines paced Wesley's offense with three RBIs. Musser and Weber tallied a team-high three hits each. Cory Joines and Boc along with Musser and Weber registered multi-hit performances with two hits of their own. Boc also scored a game-best four runs.

Joey Bryner led St. Mary's with three runs batted in.

Wesley ends their three-game homestand on Tuesday when they host the Eastern Eagles. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.