Wesley College earns sweep of UMW
Keckler frustrates UMW's offense, errors cost UMW second game
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - Wesley College swept a Captial Athletic Conference doubleheader from No. 23 Mary Washington, 3-1 and 8-6.
In the opener, DJ Keckler was dominant, throwing a complete game, allowing just two hits and an unearned run.
Wesley jumped ahead 1-0 in the top of the first when Rob Benedict reached on an error to open the game and later scored on a fielder's choice.
An RBI single by Marty Herringshaw brought home a run in the second for Mary Washington, but Ryan Polk singled in Kevin Murphy in the top of the third for what proved to be the winning run.
The Wolverines added an insurance run in the sixth when Benedict scored on a ground out.
It was more than enough for Keckler, who retired 11 of 12 batters at one point. Parker Talbert took the loss for the Eagles, surrendering just one earned run on nine hits in four innings.
Polk, Bryan Reshetar and Steve Perone each had two hits for Wesley.
The offenses came to life in the second game as the Wolverines scored runs in five different innings to complete the sweep. Mary Washington's defense did not help matters by committing four errors in the game.
Benedict gave the Wolverines a 1-0 lead in the second with an RBI double before Wesley added two more runs in the third on singles by Perone and Polk.
With the sweep, No. 23 Mary Washington drops to 13-5 (5-4 CAC) while Wesley improves to 17-5 (5-3 CAC).
A three-run fourth fueled by two Mary Washington errors extended the lead to 6-1. Geoff Kimmel had an RBI base hit in the inning.
The Eagles brought home four runs in the bottom of the inning to cut it to 6-5, but Wesley scored another run in the top of the fifth. Benedict led off the inning with a double, then moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball.
Mary Washington cut it to one again in the bottom half of the inning, but Wesley scored again in the seventh on an RBI single by Reshetar to put it away.
Zach Stuart picked up the win in relief. He went 3.1 innings and allowed one run on four hits.
Benedict had three hits, including a pair of doubles, in the game while Jon Carlson and Kimmel had two each. Murphy scored three times and stole a pair of bases.
Shane Sixsmith had four hits for the Eagles and Jackson Clement and Chris Moore each added three.