Wesley Falls in CAC Championship Game
SALISBURY, Md. - Mary Washington used a four-run eighth inning to pull away from Wesley College and claim a 7-1 win in the Capital Athletic Conference Championship Game.
The Wolverines (18-12) jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) singled off Eric Rehbein to lead off the game. Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) followed with a walk and Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) bunted the runners into scoring position. Benedict then scored on a ground out to second base by Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech).
The Eagles (22-10) tied it up in the second. Alex Howell led off the inning with an infield single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. He later scored on a sacrifice fly by Seth Jordan.
Another sacrifice fly, this one in the fifth inning by Seamus Bergen, put Mary Washington ahead 2-1. The Eagles extended the lead in the sixth, scoring a run on a double play ball by Santino Rosanova.
Mary Washington broke the game open in the eighth. Bergen and Rehbein singled to lead off the inning and Will Wright double in a run to make it 4-1. After Nick Espinosa was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jordan knocked a bases clearing double.
Rehbein, who had pitched with runners on base in each of the first eight innings, pitched his first 1-2-3 inning of the afternoon in the ninth for the complete game win.
Jordan had two hits and drove in four runs for the Eagles, while Wright and Howell also had multi-hit games.
Matt Faulkner (Milford, Del./Milford) took the loss. In seven innings, he allowed nine hits, three walks and five runs, four earned, whiled striking out three.
Rehbein struck out three while scattering eight hits and two walks.
The second place finish is Wesley's best since joining the conference.
Wesley plays again on Thursday, April 22 against Washington (Md.) at Bob Reed Field.