February 8, 2009

Wesley Wins Season Opener

Box Score

DOVER, Del. - Wesley College broke open a scoreless game with a six-run fifth inning and went on to a 12-4 win over Arcadia in the season opener for both teams.

The Wolverines (1-0) also got a solid effort from junior Colin Warner (Dagsboro, Del./Indian River), who tossed five scoreless innings for the win.  He struck out 10, while allowing just two hits and walks.

Then in Wesley's half of the fifth, the Wolverines broke a scoreless tie when Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) executed a double steal and the Knights' (0-1) catchers' throw got away, allowing Crowe to come score.

The next four Wolverines followed with run scoring base hits to break the game open.  Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) doubled home a pair of runs for a 3-0 lead and Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) drove Murphy home with an RBI single up the middle.  Morlock stole second and scored on the first of Scott Monzel's (Salisbury, Md./Walsh Jesuit {Ohio}) two doubles on the afternoon.  Alex Carter's (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) single capped the scoring in the inning and brought home Monzel for a 6-0 lead.

A double by Tim Smith and a two-run single by Joe Rafanelli in the sixth cut the Wesley lead in half, but the Monzel stroked an RBI double for the second straight inning to make it a 7-3 game through six innings of play.

Arcadia scored once in the seventh on an error by the Wolverines, but Wesley exploded for five more in the bottom of the inning to put the game away.

Singles by Matt Pizzolato (Bell Mead, N.J./Montgomery), Crowe and Benedict started the inning and Stu Madden (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) drew a bases loaded walk to bring in Pizzolato.  Another run scored on a wild pitch before Murphy knocked in a run with a single through the right side.  Morlock knocked in another run in the inning to cap the scoring.

The Wesley bullpen did the rest as John Capasso (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown) and Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) tossed perfect innings in the eighth and ninth.

The Wolverines' second thru fifth hitters each had two hits as the Wesley offense cranked out 14 hits on the afternoon.

Steve Vassalotti took the loss for Arcadia.  He allowed just three hits through the first four innings, but allowed the first four batters of the fifth to reach base before giving way to Zac Spece.  Vassalotti struck out five and was charged with the first four Wesley runs.

The Wolverines are back in action next weekend when Neumann visits for a doubleheader on February 14, followed by a twinbill against Albright at Bob Reed Field on February 15.