Baseball splits with Wesley; Earns spot in CAC Tournament

Baseball splits with Wesley; Earns spot in CAC Tournament

ARLINGTON, Va.—The Marymount (Va.) University men's baseball squad split in its final Capital Athletic Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon against Wesley College, earning it the No. 5 seed in the CAC Tournament. 

Game 1: Marymount 5, Wesley 4 

Senior Spenser Davis earned his seventh start of the season, notching five strikeouts in his six-inning outing in the victory over Wesley. His strong performance wasn't enough to keep WC off the scoreboard early, as the Wolverines brought in two runs in the top of the first, following a home run by Wesley's Christopher Seibert.

Senior Brandon Savage quickly answered for the Saints, bolstering a two-run homer over the right-field fence in the bottom half of the frame to tie the game, 2-2. Davis followed with three-straight outs in the top of the second. In the bottom of the second, senior Marlon Mitchell hit a single to center field and sophomore Luke Tyree brought him home on a double to right field to push ahead, 3-2. 

Both squads remained scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when senior catcher Roy Coates hit a single through the right side of the infield for an RBI, 4-2. The Wolverines didn't back down and Seibert launched his second homerun of the game to get back within one, 4-3. WC added one more run in the top of the eighth using aggressive base running to score and tie the game back up at four apiece.

With neither team able to score in the ninth, game one went into extra innings.

In the bottom of the 10th, Coates went to first after being hit by a pitch. Aggressive on the bases, he advanced to second on a wild pitch, and went on to score on a failed pickoff attempt by the pitcher, 5-4.

Senior Conner Hall earned the win for the Saints, completing 2.2 innings to close out game one. 

Game 2: Marymount 8, Wesley 20

The Saints defense kept the Wolverines to one run in the top of the first inning, but WC came alive in the top of the second, knocking in seven more runs to pull ahead 8-0. In the bottom of the second, the Saints began to rally when Tyree hit a single to right field for an RBI, 8-1.

Neither team managed to score again until the bottom of the fourth. Tyree picked up three more RBI after launching a ball over the right-field fence, cutting the deficit to four, 8-4. The Wolverines posted eight more runs in the top of the fifth and two in the top of the sixth to pull ahead, 18-4.

In the bottom of the sixth, Tyree went to work again on the offensive end, reaching first on a single through the right side of the infield. Tyree later advanced to second on a wild pitch, stole third, and reached home on a throwing error by the catcher, 18-5. Marymount added one more in the inning, before scoring again in the bottom of the eighth. Tyree scored once again and sophomore Cal Berman sent one over the right-field fence for his first home run in his collegiate career, 18-8. The last-ditch effort wasn't enough and Marymount went on to fall, 20-8.

The blue and white earned a No. 5 seed in the CAC tournament and will head to the No. 2 seed Christopher Newport University on Tuesday, April 18 for round one. First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.