FROSTBURG, Md. - Wesley jumped out to a 5-1 lead through four innings and held on for a 6-3 win over Frostburg State on the road in the opening round of the ECAC South Tournament.
With the victory, the Wolverines (25-16-1) advance to the semifinals on Friday, May 15. Wesley, the fourth seed, will face the No. 1 seed Wilkes at 9:00 AM at Artillery Park in Kingston, Pennsylvania.
Freshman righty D.J. Keckler (Fallston, Md./Bel Air) picked up his sixth win of the season, scattering five hits and two walks over five innings and allowing just the first Bobcat run of the day.
Sophomore Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) doubled to left center with two on and one out in the first to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. The next batter, freshman Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) drove in a run with an RBI groundout as Wesley took a 2-0 lead through an inning of play.
Freshman Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) brought home sophomore James Overstreet (Dover, Del./Dover) with a second inning single that stretched the lead to 3-0.
In the fifth inning, sophomore Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) doubled and scored on a Frostburg State error before senior Scott Marshall (Jackson, N.J./Jackson Memorial) singled in Kimmel to make it 5-0.
An RBI single by Pat Hendricks got the Bobcats on the scoreboard in the bottom of the inning and a pair of runs in the sixth brought Frostburg State to within two runs. Joe Garrity had a run scoring double and came home for the second run of the inning on a ground out by Joe Clark.
The Bobcats hit three Wesley batters in the top of the seventh, however. The Wolverines went up 6-3 on the third hit batsman when Marshall was plunked with the bases loaded to cap the scoring.
Wesley reliever Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) pitched the sixth, seventh and eighth innings, retiring the final seven batters he faced. Senior Chris Koch (Hyattsville, Md./Bishop McNamara) came on in the ninth for his third save of the season.
Murphy had three hits in the game and scored twice. Kimmel also had a multi-hit game, while Marshall drove in a pair.
Wesley handed Frostburg State's Trevor Conner his first loss of the season. Conner, who entered the day 8-0, allowed the first five runs on seven hits and struck out just one in 5.1 innings. Six relievers combined to finish the game for the Bobcats.
The win was Wesley's 25th of the season, marking the third straight year the Wolverines have won that many games.
In the other semifinal, sixth seeded Neumann upset the third seeded Aggies of Delaware Valley, 12-5. The Knights will face Penn State Altoona in the other semifinal at Artillery Park at noon on Friday.
Friday's two semifinal winners will square off in the ECAC South Region Championship at 3:00 PM on Friday, also at Artillery Park.
Photo compliments Frostburg State Sports Information.