Walk Off Grand Slam Powers Sweep
DOVER, Del. - A walk off grand slam by Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) in the bottom of the seventh inning erased a 3-1 deficit and lifted Wesley College to a sweep over Mary Washington.
The dramatic finish in game two followed up a stellar pitching effort in the game one opener by Michael Bazoge (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford). The freshman tossed a complete game, allowing just three hits and a run, while striking out seven.
In the first game, both starters cruised through the first two innings before Wesley (7-7, 4-4 CAC) jumped on Zach Goodwyn in the third. Casey Rothwell (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) led off the inning with a single and moved to second when Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) was hit by a pitch. Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) followed with a single that brought home Rothwell to give the Wolverines a 1-0 lead. Murphy singled in Benedict, then stole second and third and came home on Bryan Reshetar's (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) double for a 3-0 lead.
Wesley still led 3-0 in the fifth, when Goodwyn walked Benedict, Reshetar and Tyler Burns (Dover, Del./Dover) to load the bases with two outs. The Eagle (8-4, 5-3 CAC) settled down, however, and forced fielder's choice to end the threat.
Mary Washington finally mustered some offense in the top of the seventh when Santino Rosanova scored on a two-out double by Shane Sixsmith to bring the tying run to the plate. Bazoge stayed in and forced a ground out for his first career complete game.
Bazoge's strong outing overshadowed a complete game by Goodwyn, who took the loss. He gave up five hits, but a patient Wesley offense drew five walks that proved to be the difference.
In the second game, Mary Washington jumped ahead 2-0 with single runs in the third and fourth innings. The Eagles' Eric Rehbein singled home Sixsmith in the third and Sixsmith drew a bases loaded walk in the fourth inning to force in a run.
Wesley struck back with a single run in the fifth on an RBI single by Morlock that brought in Benedict and cut the lead in half. Mary Washington padded the advantage to 3-1 in the sixth, however, on a Jackson Clement RBI single.
John Miscioscia had limited the Wesley offense to just eight base runners through 6.1 innings, but was lifted in favor of Dan Lockbaum in the seventh after walking Steven Jacobs (Aston, Pa./Garnet Valley). Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) followed with a single, but Lockbaum got the second out on a fly ball. Morlock walked to keep the Wolverines alive and load the bases with two outs.
Murphy stepped in and hammered Lockbaum's 1-0 offering over the left field wall to give Wesley the sweep.
Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) earned the win with 0.1 innings in relief of D.J. Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston). Keckler allowed all three runs on nine hits and two walks, while striking out five.
Lockbaum suffered the loss, surrendering three runs in 0.1 innings.
For Wesley, both Morlock and Murphy had two hits. Seth Jordan and Alex Howell followed suit for the Eagles.
Wolverine pitchers kept Mary Washington's Will Wright off balance all afternoon. The leftfielder had struck out just once in his past 148 at bats dating back to the beginning of last season. Bazoge and Keckler, however, put him down on strikes four times in seven at bats.
Wesley will look to stay in the win column when Stevenson visits Bob Reed Field for a doubleheader on Sunday, March 21 at 1:30 PM.