Murphy Has Four Hits in Wesley Win
GLEN BURNIE, Md. - Wesley College scored in each of the first five innings to claim a 10-6 victory over Stevenson in Capital Athletic Conference action behind four hits and four runs batted in from Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown).
The Wolverines (12-8-1, 2-3 CAC) scored twice in each of the first three innings. In the first inning, Murphy drove in Stu Madden (Langhorne, Pa./Neshaminy) and later scored on a single by Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence).
After the Mustangs (10-6, 6-1 CAC) cut the lead in half on an RBI groundout by Griffin Stewart in the bottom of the inning, Murphy singled in both James Overstreet (Dover, Del./Lake Forest) and Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) as Wesley went ahead 4-1.
Stevenson scored once on a Wesley error in the bottom of the inning, but RBI singles by McKee and Madden made it 6-2 in favor of the Wolverines, chasing starter Derek Nason from the contest.
A single by George Papuchis and a sacrifice fly by Dan Leonard each drove home runs in the Mustangs' half of the third as they pulled to within 6-4.
Kimmel picked up his second RBI single of the game in the fourth inning to extend the lead to 7-4. Then in the fifth, two more Wesley runners scored on a single by Murphy and Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) made it 10-4 with an RBI groundout.
Stevenson scored single runs in the fifth and the ninth innings.
Mike Dombrosky (Bridgeport, N.J./Paulsboro) picked up the win for Wesley, throwing six innings and allowing five runs, only two of which were earned. He gave up six hits and three walks while striking out one.
Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) pitched the final three innings to pick up his first save.
Nason was saddled with the loss for the Mustangs, who saw their seven-game conference winning streak snapped.
In addition to Murphy's four hits, Madden, Kimmel and Overstreet had two hits apiece for Wesley, who has now won six of its last seven games.
Papuchis and Wade Keenan had three hits apiece in the losing effort.
The two teams meet again on Saturday, March 21 in a CAC doubleheader at Wesley with the first pitch slated for 1:00 PM.