Ninth Inning Rally Not Enough

Morgan Rupp
Morgan Rupp

HAVERFORD, Pa. - Wesley College scored five runs in the ninth, but it was not enough as Haverford claimed a 12-7 win over the Wolverines.

The Fords (10-0) had built a 12-2 lead after scoring once in the second, four times in the third and then added three runs in fifth and two in each the sixth and seventh.

Wesley (15-4), meanwhile, had mustered just a two-run homer by Bryan Reshetar (Newark, Del./Hodgson Vo-Tech) in the seventh inning.

But in the ninth, the Wolverines rallied behind their bench.  Adam Darling (Milford, Del./Milford) led off the inning with a double and Morgan Rupp (Mount Joy, Pa./Donegal) followed with his first home run at Wesley, a two-run shot to left.  Reshetar and Chris Kitlas (Waldorf, Md./Riverdale Baptist) walked before a passed ball and a ground out by Ryan Polk (Croydon, Pa./Truman) brought Reshetar home.  Robert Nutt (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) knocked in Kitlas with a sacrifice fly and Rich Lober (Wilmington, Del./Concord) singled up the middle.  Rob Benedict (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) tripled home Lober for the final run before Haverford got out of the jam.

Bobby Bailey went 4-for-5 for the Fords, while Charlie Carluccio and Mike Galetta each had three hits.  Haverford's offense was a balanced attack as no hit drove in more than one run and no player finished with more than two RBIs in the game.

Benedict and Geoff Kimmel (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence) each had two hits for the Wolverines.  Reshetar's homer was his team leading third of the year.

Bryan Henrick picked up the win, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on five hits, while striking out seven. 

Andrew Cooper (Wilmington, Del./Brandywine) took the loss for Wesley.  The freshman allowed five runs, three earned, in 2.1 innings of work on seven hits. 

Wesley will look to rebound when No. 23 Mary Washington visits Bob Reed Field on Thursday, March 17 at 3:30 PM.