The Wilmington College baseball team dropped both ends of their Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader with John Carroll Tuesday. The game was originally scheduled for Saturday, and rescheduled three times before being played.
John Carroll scored in five straight innings, including a five-run fifth, to secure the 14-5 victory in the opening game at Tewskbury-Delaney Field.
The Blue Streaks ran out to a 6-0 lead before Wilmington got on the board as senior Tyler Schrock (Waynesville, OH/Waynesville) brought home senior Alec Hutzelman (Centerville, OH/Centerville) with a sacrifice fly.
JCU got the run back in the sixth, and Wilmington scored twice in the bottom of the inning. Hutzelman singled home sophomore Keith Hayes (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) and sophomore Daniel Hayes (Beavercreek, OH/Beavercreek) added a second run on a fielding error.
Once again, the Blue Streaks retaliated with two runs to answer, and WC tallied a pair of runs in the seventh.
Senior Corey Walker (Hillsboro, OH/Hillsboro) stole third and scored as senior Luke Matthews (Centerville, OH/Centerville), and then Matthews scored on a single by senior Max Ramsey (Waynesville, OH/Waynesville).
Hutzelman, Matthews and freshman Jake Hyatt (Madeira, OH/Madeira) all had two hits each as the Fightin’ Quakers pounded out 11 knocks. Wilmington also finished with four stolen bases with Walker accounting for half.
Freshman Jared Ferenchak, 0-3, (Concord, OH/Notre Dame Cathedral Latin) allowed six earned runs on eight hits in five innings of work.
The Blue Streaks scored six runs over the first three innings to race out to a 6-0 lead and eventually win 9-2 in the second game of the twin bill.
After falling behind 8-0, Wilmington got on the board in the bottom of the fifth inning. Sophomore Kyle Short (Trenton, OH/Edgewood) started in the inning with a single, and moved to third on a one-out double by Hutzelman. Short scored on a single by freshman Coltin Shafer (Florence, KY/Ryle), and Hutzelman scored on a two-out single by Hyatt.
Walker, 0-6, took the loss, allowing eight runs – seven earned – on 12 hits over five innings of work. The bullpen of Billy Foster (Xenia, OH/Xenia) and Sam Cranor (Cincinnati, OH/LaSalle) surrendered just one earned run over the final four innings.
Wilmington (3-24 overall, 0-6 OAC) travels to Ada, playing Ohio Northern in OAC action.