BEVERLY, Mass. – The Wesleyan University baseball team scored the final four runs on Friday in Beverly, Mass., but the Cardinals were not able to overcome an early seven-run hole during a 7-4 setback against Endicott College in non-conference action at North Field.
Sophomore Tanner Fulkerson nailed his first career home run in the seventh for the Cardinals (9-5), as he finished with two RBIs and a run scored.
Senior Michael DeDonato led the way at the plate for the Gulls (9-3), going 2-for-4 with a grand slam, four RBIs and a run, while sophomore starting pitcher Joseph Brown (2-0) earned the win on the mound, giving up only one run and two hits in five innings of work.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Endicott took a 2-0 lead into the fourth, and then took complete control with one out in the inning on an RBI single up the middle by senior Brad Rebello (2-for-3, RBI, run) and a grand slam to left by DeDonato, which gave the hosts a 7-0 advantage.
- Sophomore Chase Pratt led off with a ground-rule double to left-center in the top half of the fifth, and then scored the Cardinals' first run on a sacrifice fly to left by Fulkerson.
- Wesleyan piled on another two runs in the sixth, as sophomore Jonny Corning reached first on a fielding error by the shortstop, and then scored an unearned run from third two at-bats later on an RBI ground out by sophomore Jake Alonzo to third. With two down in the inning, the visitors cut the Gulls' lead to 7-3 on an RBI single to center by senior Matt Jeye, as sophomore Alex Cappitelli scored from second base with another unearned run.
- Fulkerson kept Wesleyan's comeback hopes alive in the seventh, crushing a leadoff solo shot over the left-field fence, which pulled the group to within 7-4.
- Endicott clinched the game by not allowing any more hits thanks to strong pitching efforts from freshman Cooper Anibal, senior Victor Molle and junior Will Bryant. Bryant, who grew up in Cumberland, Maine, earned the save by pitching a scoreless ninth, working around a pair of walks.
- Junior Dan Cacciola opened the scoring for the Gulls in the third, clearing the right-field fence with a two-run shot. Freshman Matthew McKinley (2-for-4, double, two runs), who led off the inning with a single, scored on the play.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Freshman David Redfield pitched well for Wesleyan, as he only allowed two hits during the final three innings, and whiffed a trio of batters. Junior Mike McCaffrey (1-2) was charged with the loss for the Cardinals, giving up six earned runs on six hits in five innings. The Warwick, R.I. native struck out five batters and walked four, while retiring the side in order during the second.
- Jeye, Pratt and Cappitelli combined for three hits, two runs and an RBI for Wesleyan.
- Each team was charged with one error, and Endicott held an 8-4 advantage in hits.
- The Cardinals will compete in their home opener on Saturday against Roger Williams, with game times set for 1 and 4 p.m., respectively, at Dresser Diamond.