Wesley Pulls Away from Arcadia
WILMINGTON, Del. - With the score 2-2 after five innings, Wesley College scored 12 runs in the final four innings to claim a convincing 14-2 win over Arcadia in a game played at Frawley Stadium.
Arcadia (8-26) got on the board first, scoring once in the bottom of the first inning. Matt Pemkowski led off the inning with a double, stole third and scored when the throw got away for a 1-0 lead.
The Wolverines (19-13) took their first lead of the night in the third. Steven Jacobs (Aston, Pa./Garnet Valley) singled and reached second on an error. Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) knocked him in with a one-out single to center to tie the game and scored himself on a Grant Morlock (Bel Air, Md./Fallston) base hit to make it 2-1.
The Knights knotted the score at 2-2 in the fourth. A pair of singles and a hit batter loaded the bases and Pempkowski was hit by another pitch to drive in a run. At that point, Wesley turned to reliever Ryan Doran (Bensalem, Pa./Bensalem), who forced a pair of fly outs to get out of the jam.
The Wolverines plated the go ahead runs in the sixth on a ball off the bat of Benedict that was misplayed in the outfield, allowing both Jacobs and Casey Rothwell (Cheltenham, Pa./Cheltenham) to score. In the seventh, Seth Hastings (Seaford, Del./Sussex Tech) tripled in two more runs and Wesley led 6-2.
The Wolverines broke the game open in the ninth with five consecutive RBI singles. After Jacobs singled and Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) reached on an error with one out, Benedict, Morlock, Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown), Reshetar and Burns each singled in succession. Wesley got its final run of the night on an RBI fielder's choice off the bat of Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney).
Morlock finished the evening with four hits, while Reshetar had a three-hit effort. Benedict was credited with four RBIs as he and Burns each had four hits.
Doran notched the win with four innings of shutout relief. He struck out two and scattered five hits and a walk. Michael Bazoge (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) got the start and went 3.1 innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walk, while striking out three. Kyle McGuire (Hartly, Del./Polytech) tossed the final 1.2 innings.
Pempkowski was the lone Knight with two hits on the evening. Starter Adam Palamento took the loss, allowing four runs - two earned - on six hits and four walks in six innings.
The Wolverines host Immaculata on May 2 in a non-conference doubleheader.