NEW CONCORD – The Wilmington College baseball team lost both ends of their Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with Muskingum in contrasting fashions Saturday.
A bases-loaded single in the bottom of the tenth inning provided the margin of victory as the Fightin’ Quakers lost in the opener, 6-5.
After facing the minimum in the eighth and ninth innings, senior Billy Foster allowed a leadoff single in the 10th, and was relieved by freshman Joey Hollback. Hollback didn’t record an out, surrendering a bunt single, an intentional walk and a game-ending single.
Foster, 0-2, was credited with the loss, allowing one earned run on one hit with one strikeout in two-innings of work.
Wilmington stormed out of the gates as four of the first five batters reached, and scored, for the 4-0 lead. However, the Muskies chipped away with unearned runs in the first and second innings.
Muskingum leaded the bases with a single, walk and error in the third inning. But, it appeared as if senior Corey Walker would escape the inning without any damage. On a play that was originally scored as an error, the Muskingum hitter eventually credited with a two-out, bases clearing triple to give MU the lead.
Walker didn’t allow a single earned run in the start, going seven strong, scattering eight hits with one strikeout and two walks.
The Fightin’ Quakers tied the game in the sixth and failed to score a runner from third in the ninth and tenth innings.
Freshman Antonio Miller was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, while freshman Gage Bley was 1-for-5 with two RBI. Freshman Jake Hyatt and senior Max Ramsey each had a double.
All five Wilmington pitchers allowed at least one run and the Muskies scored run in six of eight innings and the Fightin’ Quakers fell in the nightcap, 16-4.
Wilmington scattered 12 hits, the second-most this season and the Fightin’ Quakers left six runners on base.
Sophomore Daniel Hayes had a career-high three hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Bley and Miller were each 2-for-4 with a run scored, while freshman Ryan Collett was 2-for-2 with a run scored and RBI.
Hyatt launched his second career homerun, while Bley, Collett and Hayes all had doubles.
Freshman Jarett Trautman (1-3) allowed six earned runs in 1 2/3 innings on four hits and four walks.