Baseball News & Highlights
April 10, 2014
Wolverines Escape Eagles After Late Rally
Eastern Baseball took an 8-6 lead with three runs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Wesley College Wolverines responded with six runs in the ninth to take the game 13-8.
The Eagles were down 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth when first baseman Andrew Boykin led off with a double to left field, his second of the game. Ryan Kehr successfully bunted him over to third on a sacrifice and turned the lineup over.
Leadoff man Ryan McMenamin then worked a full count and slapped the next pitch down the left field line. The ball caromed off the line and out of play into the visiting bullpen resulting in an RBI ground-rule double, tying the game at 6-6. McMenamin extended his season-long hitting streak to 21 games on the first pitch of the game, hitting a single up the middle.
McMenamin finished the day 3-for-5 with a walk and that RBI.
McMenamin then swiped third base on a low pitch and was batted in by an Andrew DiFerdinando sac fly to center field. With the game now 7-6 in Eastern's favor and with two outs, the Eagles loaded the bases on two hit batters and a walk.
The Eagles picked up an insurance run when Joseph De Los Santos grounded to third base, but Joe Grato slid head-first to beat the force play, allowing Andrew Check to score. The Eagles, however, couldn't do any more damage in the inning as they left the bases loaded for the second time in the game. Dillon Schwartzer, who had gone 2-for-4 up to that point, was rung up on strikes.
In the top of the ninth, the Wolverines regained the lead after a bloop single off the end of the bat, a bases-loaded walk and a bases-loaded hit by pitch. The Wolverines continued to badger the Eagles' relief pitchers in the ninth, scoring seven total runs in the inning.
Down five, the Eagles were retired in order in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
Ryan Ellison was tabbed with the loss after loading the bases in the ninth. Ellison had pitched a solid 2.2 innings in relief up to that point. Reliever Greg Lukasik had the difficult task of entering the game with the bases loaded and no one out with a one-lead. Lukasik forced the first batter he faced to pop out, but allowed the game-tying run when Wolverines' Stan Zulkowski worked an eight-pitch walk.
Jordan Miller, who made his second start this year for the Eagles, took a no-decision after pitching 5.1 innings. Miller had given up five hits in a row to start the game, but turned things around after picking off a runner with a fake to third and then a throw to second base. Miller made quick work of the Wolverine's lineup after that point, retiring the next 10 batters in order. Miller allowed four runs while striking out two and walking none.
Eastern's Andrew DiFerdinando started a new hitting streak with a 2-for-4 day that included a two-run home run to deep center in the sixth inning. DiFerdinando had had an eight-game hit streak going prior to Wednesday's game at Widener University.
The Eagles are in the middle of a six-game swing over six days. They host King's College at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Updated: Thursday, 10 April 2014