WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wesley College's baseball team swept a doubleheader at Gallaudet University to open the 2014 season on Sunday afternoon. The Wolverines (2-0) won the opener, 11-2, before blanking the Bison, 15-0 in five innings.
Getting the start in the circle in game two, freshman Lily Engel pitched a one-hit shutout while fanning four batters and not allowing a runner to get into scoring position. Classmate Lindsay Siok allowed just two runs on three hits in the first game to earn the victory.
In the opener, Gallaudet took a brief 1-0 lead but Wesley scored six runs in the top of the second and never looked back. Whitney Dibb and Kayla Fromal started the inning with two-straight singles before Ashly Bendorovich singled to right to score pinch runner Olivia DeGraba from second. Bendorovich then stole second and Devin Mackay before and RBI groundout by Breanna Hartman gave the Wolverines a 2-1 lead.
Steph Caracozza then laid down a bunt single to load the bases and Siok helped her own cause with a bases clearing triple, extending Wesley's lead to four runs. Sarah Saunders then went opposite field for a single to drive in Siok but Gallaudet caught her stealing second and was able to retire the side.
The Wolverines added to their lead with two runs in the fourth when Mackay stole home after smacking a leadoff double and advancing on a sac bunt by Hartman. Caracozza, who drew a walk, advanced to second on Mackay's steal. Saunders then drove in Caracozza later in the inning.
Gallaudet got one run back in its half of the inning but a two-run triple by Brook Creighton, followed by an RBI single by Mackay in the seventh sealed the opening game victory.
Wesley got five runs in the third and ten in the fifth to hand the Bison their second loss of the day. Among the highlights was a two-run homer by freshman Nina Marcano in the third inning. Marcano also recorded an RBI single as well as a bases loaded walk in the fifth to cap off a 3-for-3, four RBI performance in game two. Saunders (3-for-4) and Creighton also drove in a pair of runs in the nightcap.
The Wolverines will head to Virginia Beach on Feb. 28-March 1 for the Virginia Wesleyan Beach Blast. On the 28th, Wesley will take on Centenary (N.J.) and York (N.Y.) before facing Rutgers-Camden and Virginia Wesleyan the day after.