TUCSON, Ariz. – The Wesleyan University baseball team tallied the final four runs during a 7-6 triumph over Greenville University in the second game of a doubleheader on Monday, as sophomore Jonny Corning connected on the game-winning RBI double during the 10th inning in Tucson, Ariz.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Cardinals (3-0) found themselves in a three-run hole at 6-3, but Wesleyan responded with a three-run effort in the fifth, as sophomore Alex Cappitelli stepped up to the plate with the bases juiced and one out. The North Caldwell, N.J. native then unloaded with a bases-clearing double to left field, scoring sophomore Tanner Fulkerson, senior Matt Jeye and junior Ryan Earle. Earle opened the inning with a double to right, Jeye walked, and Fulkerson reached on a fielding error.
- In the top of the 10th, sophomore Chase Pratt was hit by a pitch to leadoff the frame, and then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Kevin Walek. Corning then tallied a double to right off Panthers junior pitcher Cole Becker, and Pratt raced around third with the go-ahead tally, which stood up as the game-clinching run.
- Senior AJ Ferrara gave Wesleyan a 2-0 lead in the second, connecting on a two-run single to right, allowing Fulkerson and Jeye to score. The Panthers (1-6) cut the lead in half during the bottom of the frame on an RBI double to right by senior Jesse Getz.
- With the bases loaded and two down in the third, Fulkerson was hit by a pitch, which allowed Corning to trot across home, giving the Cardinals a 3-1 advantage.
- Greenville did its damage in the third and fourth frames, combining for five runs in the two innings. Senior Travis Ralls crushed a one-run homer over the fence in left field to open the bottom of the third, and pulled the Panthers to within 3-2. Greenville kept working with two outs, and freshman Mark Islas recorded a single to third base, scoring sophomore Klaiton Wolff from third. Islas crossed home plate on an RBI single to right by sophomore Grant Carman, which allowed Greenville to claim its first lead at 4-3.
- Ralls clubbed an RBI double to center with no outs in the fourth, scoring Getz, and junior Adam Lamb touched home on a dropped sacrifice fly by the center fielder, which resulted in Greenville's largest lead at 6-3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Sophomore Jake Alonzo (1-0) earned the win on the mound, shutting out the Panthers during the final two frames, while posting three strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Kelvin Sosa was superb on the mound in a relief role for Wesleyan, working a crucial five-inning stretch, as he struck out six batters, allowed two hits, and no runs were charged to him.
- Earle, Cappitelli and Ferrara all compiled multi-hit games, and combined for five RBIs. Ralls went 2-for-4, including a homer and double, for Greenville, to go along with two RBIs, two walks and a run scored.
- Greenville led the hits category, 11-7, and the Panthers left 19 runners on base, while the Cardinals stranded 13. Wesleyan was charged with three errors, and the Panthers made a pair of mistakes.
- The Cardinals will take on Salem State on Wednesday in Tucson, Ariz., as the game will start at 10 p.m. on the East Coast.