FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Wilmington College split a seven-inning doubleheader with Lakeland on the team’s second day at the 2016 Gene Cusic Classic.
All it took was one bad inning, and the Fightin’ Quakers dropped the first game of their non-conference doubleheader with Lakeland, 3-1.
The Muskies scored all of their runs in the third inning as a throwing error kicked off the frame. A single and a hit batter loaded the bases for Lakeland, and it took the lead with a two-run double. The Muskies added another run with a single.
Wilmington scored first in the top of the fourth as sophomore Jake Robinson walked, moved to third on an error, and then scored on a sacrifice fly by freshman Gage Ble.
Freshman Coltin Shafer pulled Wilmington to within a run as he led the fifth inning off with a solo homerun to left.
The Fightin’ Quakers threatened in the seventh as Shafer drilled a one-out double, and sophomore Tyler McDaniel blooped a single into right. However, freshman Wade Gillette hit into a game-ending double play.
It was the first time the Muskies retired Gillette on the day as he singled in his two previous at-bats. Shafer and Gillette combined for four of Wilmington’s five hits.
Senior Corey Walker (0-2) went the distance, allowing three runs (two earned) with five hits and two strikeouts.
Wilmington scored in its final four at-bats and came back to record the 8-6 victory over Lakeland in the second game.
Freshman Joey Hollback (1-0) picked up his first career victory with two innings of scoreless relief, while senior Billy Foster earned his first career save. Foster entered the game with two runners on and the tying run at the plate, but ended the threat with a strikeout.
Hollback entered the game with two outs in the fifth inning after the Muskies took the lead with five runs in the frame. He stunted the LC energy by ending the inning with a strikeout.
Senior Tyler Schrock kicked the Quakers half of the fifth with a single and moved to second as sophomore Corey Lugiano walked. Both runners moved into scoring position on a perfectly placed sacrifice bunt by freshman Jarett Trautman.
Walker brought home the equalizer with a sacrifice fly.
Wilmington used a little two-out magic to score the go-ahead runs in the sixth. Freshman Jake Hyatt snuck a single past the second baseman’s glove to keep the inning alive. He raced around with the eventual winning run as Shafer doubled down the line and a misplay by the right fielder. Shafer added an insurance run by scoring on a wild pitch.
The Fightin’ Quakers looked like they were in fantastic position after a four-run third put them ahead 4-1, and they tacked on another tally in the fourth.
Hyatt finished the day 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, while Schrock was also 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Freshman Gage Bley had two doubles in four at-bats with a run scored.
Lugiano tallied his first multi-hit game of his career, going 2-for-2 with a walk.
Freshman Jered Ferenchak took the no-decision, allowing three runs (two earned) on five hits in 4 1/3 innings. He added a career-high eight strikeouts with one walk.
Wilmington (2-7) plays Eastern Nazerene 9 a.m. Tuesday in a nine-inning game.