Wolverines Split Doubleheader in Conference Opener

Wolverines Split Doubleheader in Conference Opener

DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College Wolverines earned a split with Capital Athletic Conference opponent Mary Washington in both teams' CAC opener. Wesley earned a walk-off 5-4 victory in game one, but fell 11-1 in the second contest.

Kayla Fromal went 3-for-6 from the plate with three RBI in the two games combined while Ashley Royer batted 4-for-7 with four runs batted in. Royer also provided the game-winning hit and RBI in game one.

Lindsay Siok earned the complete-game win in the first contest, allowing four earned runs on eight hits while recording three strikeouts. In game two, Lily Engel got the starting nod allowing two earned runs (seven total) over 2.2 innings pitched. Sydney Botsch tossed 4.1 innings of relief allowing four runs and ringing up one Eagle.

The Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of game one, scoring three runs on a pair of hits. Samantha Burns led the inning off with a slap single to third and beat the throw at second when Breanna Hartman bunted. After a Nina Marcano walk to load the bases, Royer ripped a two-run single to left. Two batters later, Marcano scored on a fielder's choice to make it 3-0.

Mary Washington scored two in the top of the second, but Wesley answered with an insurance run in the bottom of the third. Royer and Devin Mackay ripped back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Siok. Fromal poked a single to right field to bring home a run making it 4-2.

The Eagles tied the game in the fifth inning, stringing together three hits to tie the game, and almost took the lead, but Siok worked her way out of the inning forcing a ground out. The junior retired six of the next seven batters she faced to give Wesley a chance at the win in the bottom of the seventh. 

With the game in the balance, Nina Marcano stepped up a drilled a leadoff double to begin the seventh inning. The next batter was Royer, who crushed a deep fly over the left fielder's head and pulled into third with a triple as Marcano scored the game-winning run. 

In game two, the Wolverines recorded nine hits but were only able to manufacture one run. Royer recorded an RBI on a double that drove in Burns, but it was the Wolverines' only score. The Eagles worked their way out of a pair of bases loaded jams, including the bottom of the fourth when the visitors recorded a 4-3-6 triple play. 

Mary Washington turned 14 hits and a pair of Wesley defensive errors into 11 runs as they earned the victory and the split of the doubleheader.

The Wolverines move to 8-8 on the season and open their conference slate with a 1-1 mark. The team will take to the road on Friday, April 1 for a doubleheader against Southern Virginia University.