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Cardinals Suffer 15-5 Setback Against Nebraska-Wesleyan

Photo by Lianne Yun '18
Photo by Lianne Yun '18

TUCSON, Ariz. – The Wesleyan baseball team suffered a 15-5 setback against Nebraska-Wesleyan on Friday evening. The Cardinals are back in action on Saturday, when they take on Luther in a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 p.m.   

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Nebraska-Wesleyan jumped out to big lead early, scoring four times in the top of the first inning.  
  • Wesleyan responded in the bottom of the first, making it 4-2. With runners on first and second, a double by Ryan Earle drove home Jake Alonzo, before Andrew Kauf scored on a sacrifice fly by Danny Rose.
  • The Wolves added a run in the third, before Justin Bumharner and Kaleb Knox touched home plate on a double by Aaron Nichols for the 6-2 advantage in the top of the fifth.  
  • The Cardinals got two of the runs back in the bottom of the fifth when Chase Pratt produced a triple, driving in Rose and Kauf to make it a 6-4 game.
  • Wesleyan threatened in the bottom of the sixth with runners on first and third, but were unable to plate a run.
  • Nebraska-Wesleyan tacked on four runs in the top of the seventh, before adding four more in the top of the ninth.
  • A sacrifice fly by pinch hitter Kai Marcos drove home Wesleyan's Jamie Mills in the ninth, but it wasn't enough as the Cardinals fell 15-5.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Wesleyan's Earle went 2-3 with two doubles and an RBI, while Pratt hit a triple and had two RBI.
  • Scott Shielf suffered the loss for the Cardinals, allowing five runs on seven hits over three innings.
  • Nebraska-Wesleyan's Derek Kolbush went 3-4 with four RBI and two doubles, while Nichols went 3-4 with a double and two RBI.
  • Drew Poulas recorded the win for the Wolves, allowing three runs on four hits over four innings of work.