April 27, 2014

Baseball Drops High Scoring Affair at Misericordia

DALLAS, Pa. – Wesley College's baseball team dropped a high scoring affair at Misericordia, 13-10 on Sunday afternoon at Tambur Field. The Wolverines fall to 17-17 on the season while the Cougars improve to 25-12-1.

Much of Wesley's production came from the top of the order as Eric Speidel, Tyler Hunter and Cory Smith all had multi-hit games while Hunter and Smith both drove in a team-high two runs.  Only three base hits came from the remainder of the lineup but Trevor Mears, Matt Domian, Stan Zulkowski and Adam Darling all drove in runs.

Wesley jumped out in front with four runs in its very first at bat.  Speidel started the game by reaching on an error and Hunter was then plunked before Smith gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead with a single to right field. Mears then reached on another error which scored Hunter and Smith to extend the lead to three runs. Mears advanced all of the way to third on the miscue and Domian drove him in with a sacrifice fly for the final run of the inning.

Misericordia got one of those runs back in the second but Hunter extended the advantage back to four runs with a home run to lead off the third, giving Wesley a 5-1 lead. The Cougars then tagged Zach Stuart for four runs in the third to tie the score and another three runs in in the fourth to go up 8-5.

Back-to-back sacrifice flies by Smith and Mears in the fifth scored Speidel and Hunter to cut the deficit to a single run and Wesley brought in Taylor Reynolds to relieve Stuart to start the fifth. Reynolds retired the side in the fifth in order as did the Cougars relief pitcher in the sixth but Misericordia got three runs in the sixth to take its own four-run lead at 11-7.

The Wolverines threatened in the seventh to no avail and Rob Mills pitched a scoreless seventh to keep the score intact.  An RBI double by Zulkowski followed by a run-scoring single by Darling in the eighth brought Wesley to within two runs but the Cougars got two runs, one of which was unearned off Andrew Cooper in the eighth to go up 13-9. Cooper's 21st appearance of the season gave him 66 career appearances on the mound, tying him with Chris Koch (2006-09) for the most appearances in program history.

After several MU defensive changes, Speidel led off the ninth with a triple and scored on Hunter's ground ball to second. Unfortunately that was all Wesley could muster and took the loss.

Wesley closes out the season on Saturday, May 3 for a 12 pm Senior Day doubleheader against Bridgewater (Va.).