Wesley Overpowers Eastern
DOVER, Del. - The Wesley College offense erupted for 35 total runs in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Eastern as the Wolverines won 14-4 in the opener and took the second game 21-5.
The opener was not all offense, as freshman Michael Bazoge (Medford, N.Y./Patchogue-Medford) tossed six innings of one run ball to claim the win on the mound. He struck out four, while allowing just six hits and a pair of walks.
The Wolverines (23-13) gave him all the offense he needed in the first inning. Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) doubled to lead off the inning and scored two batters later on a two-base hit by Kevin Murphy (Middletown, Md./Middletown) to put Wesley ahead 1-0. Tyler Burns (Dover, Del./Dover) followed with a single through the left side of the infield to bring in Murphy. Two more runs came home later in the inning on a single by Greg McKee (Dover, Del./Caesar Rodney) for a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
The Eagles (21-17) got one run in the second when Ramon Reyes walked on four pitches to lead off the inning and scored on a double by Greg DeSarro. The next batter, Matt Horican popped up to second base and Murphy caught DeSarro at second for an unconventional double play. It was the start of seven consecutive batters retired by Bazoge.
In the midst of Bazoge's streak, the Wolverines extended the lead to 5-0 when Burns scored on an error in the third inning. Wesley then scored nine runs in its final three at bats to put the game away. Burns drove in a run on a ground ball in the infield and Seth Hastings (Seaford, Del./Sussex Tech) ripped an RBI single.
Five more runs scored in the Wesley half of the fifth. Murphy had a two run double to right field and scored on a double to right center by Burns. McKee dove home the final two runs of the inning with a single through the left side.
Morlock crushed a pitch over the wall in right in the sixth inning to bring home the Wolverines final two runs of the game and extend the lead to 14-1.
Eastern got three runs in the top of the seventh on a three-run single by Scott Renauro.
Nick Moeltner allowed 11 runs, eight earned, in 4.2 innings to take the loss.
Benedict and Morlock had three hits each as the Wolverines tallied 16 hits in the game. Murphy, Burns, Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) and McKee each had two hits, while Murphy and Burns knocked in three runs apiece.
In the second game, Murphy, Reshetar and Hastings each had four hits as Wesley erupted for seven run innings in both the second and fourth innings on the way to a 21-5 win.
Murphy homered in the first inning to put the Wolverines ahead, but the Eagles answered back in the top of the second for a 2-1 lead. Eastern tied the game on a Wesley error, then Kurt Kebaugh executed a squeeze play for the Eagles' second run.
A bases loaded walk to Billy Crowe (Newark, Del./Salesianum) and an error allowed Wesley to take the lead back before Eastern recorded an out in the bottom of the inning. Benedict then drove in two more with a single the other way for a 5-2 lead. Another run scored on a second error by the Eagles before an RBI double by Murphy, who later scored the final run of the inning on a wild pitch.
Eastern cut it to 8-5 in the fourth after a double by Kebaugh brought in a run and he and Horican scored later in the inning on a Wesley error.
The Wolverines, however, put the game away in the bottom of the inning. Morlock was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a Murphy single. Murphy then stole both second and third before both Burns and Reshetar walked to load the bases. Hastings followed with an RBI single and errors on each of the next two plays and a wild pitch brought in runs as well for a 14-5 lead. Benedict drove home the final run of the inning with a single to right center.
Hastings ripped a two run double in the fifth to make it 17-5 before driving in another run as part of a four run sixth inning. Reshetar had a two run double in the sixth and Adam King () knocked in a run with a single to left.
DJ Keckler (Fallston, Md./Fallston) benefited from all the offense to pick up the win. He went five innings and allowed five runs, only two of which were earned. The sophomore gave up six hits and walked three while fanning four Eagles.
Kyle Kurdewan gave up eight runs, seven earned, in the first two innings to take the loss.