TUCSON, Ariz. – Freshman pitcher Kelvin Sosa earned his first win and sophomore Jonny Corning slammed two doubles for the Wesleyan University baseball team on Tuesday, as the Cardinals utilized four runs in the fourth and three in the third during a 7-1 triumph over Allegheny College in seven innings during the first game of a doubleheader in Tucson, Ariz.
During Game 2, the Gators (3-7) outlasted the Cardinals (7-2), 9-7, in seven innings, as Allegheny scored in four out of six innings, and Wesleyan tallied at least one run in four of seven frames.
GAME 1 HIGHLIGHTS (Wesleyan 7, Allegheny 1):
- The Cardinals found their stride in the bottom of the third, with Corning drilling a leadoff double down the left-field line. The Land O' Lakes, Fla. native rounded third and scored during the next at-bat on an RBI single to center by junior Ryan Earle. Two batters later, sophomore Tanner Fulkerson stepped to the plate with no outs and a pair of runners in scoring position, and he lined a two-run single to right-center, giving Wesleyan a 3-0 advantage.
- The Cardinals continued to provide their pitching staff with run support in the fourth, as Corning tallied a one-out RBI double to left-center, and then Earle chipped in with an RBI single to center during the next at-bat, extending the squad's lead to 5-0.
- With runners on first and second and two down in the fourth, junior Danny Rose nailed a bases-clearing double down the right-field line, giving Wesleyan a comfortable 7-0 cushion.
- The Gators recorded an unearned run in the fifth, as senior Cullen Flaherty, who reached on a fielding error by the third baseman, scored on an RBI single through the right side by junior Ethan Pawlak.
- Sosa (1-0) received a great deal of support during his first collegiate start, but his pitching on the hill spoke for itself. The Bronx, N.Y. native went five strong innings, not allowing a single earned run on four hits, while whiffing six batters and walking two.
- Junior Dan Lombardo was tremendous in relief for the Cardinals, slamming the door shut with four strikeouts in the final two frames. He did not allow any runs and only one hit and one walk, as he clinched the game with back-to-back strikeouts in the seventh.
- Junior Joe Nagel (0-1) suffered the loss for Allegheny, letting up four earned runs on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings. He finished with four strikeouts and one walk, while senior Travis Neamon and sophomore Wyatt Wright pitched the final 2 2/3 innings, not allowing any runs.
- Earle (3-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored), Corning (2-for-4, two runs, RBI), senior Matt Jeye (2-for-4, two runs) and Fulkerson (2-for-4, two RBIs) led the way for the Cardinals. Junior Tommy Cannon registered a 2-for-3 effort in the box for the Gators. Wesleyan held a 10-5 edge in hits.
- Senior AJ Ferrara, Jeye and Fulkerson each recorded a stolen base for the Cardinals.
GAME 2 HIGHLIGHTS (Allegheny 9, Wesleyan 7):
- The Cardinals faced a three-run hole at 9-6 with three outs to work with, heading into the top of the seventh. Jeye led off with a deep fly out to center, and sophomore Alex Cappitelli compiled a one-out single. Ferrara then drew a walk, putting the tying run in sophomore Chase Pratt at the plate. Pratt reached on a fielder's choice, with Ferrara out at second and Cappitelli advancing to third. The group was down to its final out, but that did not faze sophomore Jake Alonzo, as he drove a single to right, plating Cappitelli and advancing Pratt to second. Wesleyan was within two runs, but Gators senior pitcher Cy Perry was able to force sophomore Andrew Kauf to fly out to deep center, earning the save in the process.
- Corning led the way for Wesleyan, going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, a double and a run, while Alonzo (3-for-4, double, two RBIs, run) and Cappitelli (2-for-4, one run) also starred for the squad. Senior Tyler Wagner went 3-for-3 at the plate for the Gators with two doubles, two RBIs and a run, as Allegheny held a 13-12 advantage in hits.
- After scoring only one run and posting five hits in the first game, Allegheny started swinging the bats right away with a three-run first. Cannon connected on an RBI single to left with no outs, and senior Max Sessions was hit by a pitch with the bases juiced, allowing Flaherty to trot across home with the Gators' second run. Allegheny extended its lead to 3-0 on a one-out RBI single to right by sophomore Andrew Vincent, as Cannon scored from third.
- Wesleyan knotted the game at 3-3 with a three-run effort in the top of the third. Alonzo led off with a double to left, and two batters later, Fulkerson singled to third. Corning dug into the batter's box with runners on the corners, and belted a two-run double to left-center, pulling Wesleyan within one. Two at-bats later, Jeye reached on a fielder's choice, and picked up an RBI when Corning scored from third, tying the game up.
- The Gators immediately responded in the bottom half of the frame on back-to-back doubles by Cannon and Wagner, which gave Allegheny the lead for good at 4-3. The group scored three more runs in the inning, with Vincent tallying an RBI walk, and then freshman Luke Chutko and Sessions touched home, as the lead expanded to 7-3.
- Corning cut the lead in half with one swing of the bat in the top of the fourth, driving a two-run single through the left side, but Chutko answered the bell with a one-out RBI single in the bottom of the inning, which gave the Gators an 8-5 advantage.
- In the top of the fifth, Alonzo recorded a two-out RBI single to right-center, and Wagner gave Allegheny a 9-6 lead in the bottom of the frame with an RBI double down the left-field line with two outs.
- The Cardinals will take on Oberlin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., as the game will start at noon on the East Coast.