LEWISTON, Maine – The Wesleyan baseball team (11-12) fell to Bates (10-11) in game one by a score of 4-2, but rallied in the second game to triumph 10-3 against the Bobcats on Saturday.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals got on the board first when Ryan Earle touched home on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Alonzo for the 1-0 edge in the top of the second.
- Trailing 1-0, Will Sylvia got the Bobcat rally going in the bottom of the third with a single to center, before advancing to second on a failed pickoff attempt. A Wesleyan miscue allowed Sylvia to score from second on the next batter, before Kyle Carter later touched home on another Cardinal error. Later, Bates' Justin White singled to left to drive in a pair of unearned runs for a 4-1 advantage.
- Wesleyan got back one run in the top of the fifth. Alonzo doubled to start the inning, before Nolan Webb reached on an infield single, advancing Alonzo to third. Andrew Keith singled to drive Alonzo home, but the Bobcats made two-straight outs to end the inning.
- The Cardinals threatened in the seventh when Andrew Kauf singled, Keith singled and Adam Geibel walked to load the bases, but Wesleyan was unable to plate a run and Bates hung on for the 4-2 victory.
GAME 1 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- On the mound, Pat Clare suffered the loss for the Cardinals, allowing four runs on five hits.
- Wesleyan's Rose was a perfect 3-3, while Alonzo went 1-2 with a double and an RBI.
- Nolan Collins earned the win for the Bobcats, allowing two runs on nine hits over six innings of work. Alex Simon recorded the save in relief for Bates.
- White went 2-3 with two RBI's, while Bryan Gotta also went 2-3.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Cardinals wasted little time in the second game, taking a 1-0 edge in the top of the first when Keith crossed home on a sacrifice fly by Kauf.
- Wesleyan added a score in the second when a single by Keith drove home Jonny Corning.
- With runners on first and second in the top of the third, Rose touched home on an error by the pitcher for the 3-0 advantage.
- Bates made it a game in its half of the inning when a double to left field drove home Antonio Jareno and Christian Beal, making it 3-2, but that was as close as the Bobcats would get.
- The Cardinals extended their edge to 4-2 in the fourth when Geibel scored on a sacrifice fly to left field by Jesse Levy-Rubinett.
- The Bobcats threatened in the bottom of the sixth with the bases loaded, but they were unable to plate a run.
- Wesleyan solidified the victory in the top of the ninth, scoring six runs on six hits. With runners on first and third, a single by Webb drove in Spencer Nastala, before Alonzo touched home on a single by Corning for the 6-2 lead. Later, Keith brought in two runs on a double to right center, before a single down the right field line by Geibel brought home two more for a commanding 10-2 advantage.
- Bates tried to rally in its half of the inning when Gotti homered to right field, but that was as close as they would get as Wesleyan cruised to a 10-3 victory.
GAME 2 – INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Kelvin Sosa earned the win for the Cardinals, allowing two runs on three hits, while striking out two over five innings of work.
- Rose went 3-4, while Keith was 2-5 with three RBI and a double, and Geibel went 3-6 with two RBI and a double.
- Bates' Brendan Smith suffered the loss, allowing three runs on five hits over three innings.
- Gotti went 1-2 with an RBI, while Jack Arend had a double and an RBI.
- Wesleyan heads to Roger Williams on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. contest, before traveling to NESCAC West rival Williams on Friday for a 4:00 p.m. start. The Cardinals are back home on Saturday for a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. against the Ephs.