MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Wesley College nearly completed a comeback from a seven-run deficit, but Catholic held on for an 11-10 win on the first game of the Wolverines' spring break trip.
Trailing 9-2, the Wolverines scored four in the seventh, three runs in the eighth and another in the ninth, but the potential tying and winning runs were stranded on base.
The Cardinals (3-3) used a six-run first inning in which their first six hitters all reached base to build their lead. Patrick Quintana and Eamonn Burke stroked back-to-back run scoring doubles in the middle of the inning.
After Catholic got another run in the second to make it 7-0, Wesley (6-5-1) got on the board on a two-run single by Bill Hodgdon (Dennisville, N.J./Middle Township) in the third.
An error in the fourth and a passed ball in the top of the seventh allowed Catholic to extend the lead to 9-2.
Two errors opened the way for Wesley to score three runs and a Morlock single drove home another to make it 9-6 at the end of seven innings.
In the eighth, however, Quintana doubled in a run and later scored as the Cardinals made it 11-6.
But, Wesley was not done yet. A two-run double by Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) and a sacrifice fly by Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) cut it to 11-9 through eight innings of play. Then in the ninth, Stu Madden (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) knocked in a run with an RBI ground out, but Michael Bzozowski got the third out to end the game.
Mike Goodman went 4-for-4 in the game and came up just a homer short of the cycle, while scoring three times. Quintana had three hits, all doubles, and drove in three runs. Cory Hudson also had three hits.
Madden and Murphy had two hits apiece for the Wolverines.
Ronnie Esposito picked up the win, going six innings and allowing two runs. He walked five, but held Wesley to just three hits.
Mike Dombrosky (Bridgeport, N.J./Paulsboro) took the loss for the Wolverines, allowing the first seven runs.
Wesley will look to rebound with a contest against Eastern at noon on March 3 in Myrtle Beach.