AUBURNDALE, Fla. — Webster toppled the No. 1-ranked team in the NCAA III, Wheaton (Mass.), 10-1 on Sunday in the Gorloks’ first game in the Russ Matt Central Invitational. No. 20 Webster, smarting from an 0-3 homestand last weekend, righted the ship in an impressive way. Steven Dooley started and went the distance and the Gorloks’ bats came alive with 16 hits.
Dooley allowed only five hits and one unearned run, as he struck out five and walked none. Webster broke on top in the third as Taylor Stoulp singled with two out and Brett Buchanan followed with a single. Mike Rainbolt had his first of four hits to drive in Stoulp.
After adding single runs in the fifth, sixth and seventh to build a 4-1 lead, Webster broke it open with a five-run eighth. After Corey Lasky walked to lead off, Ryan Hall singled and Stoulp walked to load the bases. A Buchanan single drove in Lasky and a double by Rainbolt sent Hall and Stoulp home. After a walk to Ian Foege, Mitchell Bonds had a two-out single to plate Buchanan and Rainbolt, and the Gorloks had a 9-1 lead.
Rainbolt wound up 4-for-6 with five RBIs, a run scored and a stolen base. Bonds was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, and Stoulp 2-for-5 with three runs scored. Lasky was 2-for-4 and on base three times with a run scored, stolen base and an RBI. Buchanan finished 3-for-5 with two RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base.
The most recent time Webster faced a top-ranked team, Christopher Newport in the NCAA regional in 2011, the Gorloks posted an 11-1 victory.