Wesley College’s baseball team almost pulled off a big upset before falling to third-ranked Salisbury, 5-4, in 11 innings in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
The fifth-seeded Wolverines (10-17) take on sixth-seeded Christopher Newport in an elimination game today at 9 a.m. at Frostburg State.
The top-seeded Sea Gulls (22-2) scored the game-winner off relief pitcher Connor Springsteen on an RBI single by Alex Lipman. Scoring on the play was Kyle Hayman who walked to lead off the inning and advanced to second as Jordan Gowe was intentionally walked with one out.
Springsteen nearly escaped the jam, getting Bobby Sanzone to fly out prior to Lipman’s hit.
Wesley held a 3-0 lead after scoring three runs on four hits in the second inning. KeAndre Jones singled in Matt Domian before an RBI triple from Conner Gobright.
Joe Hummel plated Gobright with the third run with a single to center field.
Starting pitcher Eric Willey (Woodbridge) was cruising early until Salisbury broke through with two runs in the seventh. The Wolverines were able to get one of those runs back in the eighth on an RBI single by Jones but the Sea Gulls evened it up with two runs in the ninth.
Jones and Gobright each had three hits to lead Wesley while Tyler Hunter, Cory Smith (Lake Forest) and Domian all had multi-games as well.
Navy 15, Delaware State 7: The Midshipmen (27-13) collected 18 hits as they improved to 3-0 over the Hornets (8-22) this season.
Navy scored runs in seven of its nine at-bats, including four times in the second and fifth innings.
Delaware State had 13 hits, including a career-high three from third baseman Devin Beverly. Charles Dailey, Cameron Onderko and Ron Farley notched two each.
Delaware State 12, Morgan State 0: Tara Tursellino threw a five-inning no-hitter with six strikeouts in the Hornets’ MEAC win.
Nicole Gazzola, Sandy Hawthorne, Vanessa Washington, Danielle Velez and Nkili Matthews all registered two hits, while Gazzola scored three times. Tursellino, the reigning MEAC Rookie of the Year, allowed five walks to pick up her seventh win of the season in 20 starts for the Hornets (5-4 MEAC, 11-21 overall).
DelState has now won four in a row.
Hens post sweep: Delaware shut down Rider, 5-1, 2-1, for a sweep in their first games under interim coach John Seneca on Wednesday.
Delaware (23-15) jumped ahead in the bottom of the first inning of the opener when Mariah Kondravy blasted a three-run homer to centerfield. The Blue Hens then tacked on a run in the fourth as Danielle Wissinger doubled home Shelby Jones to make it a 4-0 game.
Kondravy later added a solo homerun, her team-leading ninth home run of the season.
In the nightcap, Jessica Grisler singled home pinch-runner Alyshia Dellatore with the game-winning run in the fifth.
Men, Marymount 15, Wesley 5: The Wolverines (0-7, 5-8) dropped the Capital Athletic Conferene decision on Wednesday.
Sam Seibert was the lone Wolverine with two points while Ryan Ramsey led all players with seven ground balls, and Sylvester Tatman caused a game-high two turnovers.
Women, Mary Washington 18, Wesley 3: Rylee Gould led the Wolverines with a goal and an assist while goalie Savannah Clough stopped 12 shots in Wesley’s Capital Athletic Conference loss.
Gould also matched Jessica Giaccone with a team-high three ground balls while Giaccone caused two turnovers. Kaitlin Brennan also controlled four draws for the Wolverines (0-7 CAC, 5-10 overall). The Eagles are 3-4, 8-7.
Wolverines add guard from Pa.: Wesley College men’s basketball coach Jerry Kobasa has announced that Evan Anderson, a guard from West Chester (Pa.) East High has committed to play for the Wolverines. He is the first commit that Kobasa has inked for the upcoming season.
A 6-foot, 170-pound point guard, Anderson averaged 19.0 points as a senior and was named to both the all-league and all-area teams. Anderson was also selected to play in the Suburban vs. City All-Star Game as well as the Ches-Mont League All-Star Game.
The Wolverines will open the 2015-16 season at home against Virginia Wesleyan on Nov. 15. The Marlins reached the NCAA Division III national semifinals this past season.
The teams last met in the second round of the 2013-14 NCAA Tournament where VWC won, 79-74, in Virginia Beach.