DOVER, Del. - Wesley College hit three home runs, including two by Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown), but Washington (Md.) used a four run fifth inning to capture a 5-4 win.
The second baseman put the Wolverines (18-13) on the board first with a shot to straight away leftfield in the bottom of the first inning.
In the top of the second, Ryan Normoyle led off with a single for the Shoremen (15-12) and later scored on an RBI ground out by Tyler Cotterell to tie the game.
Murphy hit his second homer of the day to lead off the fourth inning and Tyler Burns (Dover, Del./Dover) hit a monstrous shot two batters later to put Wesley up 3-1.
In the top of the fifth, Washington strung together a four-run rally powered by four singles, three walks and a hit batter. Normoyle had the big blow in the inning with a two-run single, while John Rolewicz also singled in a run and a bases loaded walk to Kyle Aldrich plated the fourth run.
Wesley pieced together a two-out rally in the eighth. Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) doubled and Seth Hastings (Seaford, Del./Sussex Tech) followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Ryan Ziolkowski (Fallston, Md./Fallston) took a 2-2 pitch through the left side to bring home McKee and moved the tying run to third. Washington, however, turned to Chris Keiper, who struck out pinch hitter Steve Perone (Skillman, N.J./Montgomery) to end the threat.
Murphy, Hastings and Ziolkowski all had two hits for the Wolverines.
Normoyle, Cannole and Joe Willis each had multi-hit games for the Shoremen.
DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) took the loss, allowing all five runs in 4.1 innings. Michael Bazoge (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) came on in relief to toss the final 4.2. He surrendered just two hits and a walk, while fanning three batters.
Three Washington pitchers combined to strike out 12 Wesley batters. Joe Kearney-Argow threw the first six innings and struck out seven to earn the win. Aldrich fanned a pair in 1.2 innings before Keiper came on for the save. He struck out three of the four batters he faced in the final 1.1 innings.
Wesley will look to rebound on April 26 when they face Neumann at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Delaware.