Wilmington Baseball Uses 18 Hits and Six Run Fourth Inning to Defeat Post, 12-7
Base: WU 12 - Post 7 (non-conference)
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - New Castle, DE
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Senior Kyle Hitchens batted 3-for-5 with three runs and an RBI against Post
Photo: Chris Mlynarczyk - bluehenstudios.comJunior Jordan Johnson knocked in four runs and scored two more on 2-for-5 hitting against Post
Photo: Chris Mlynarczyk - bluehenstudios.comSenior Mike Godwin went 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI against Post
Photo: Chris Mlynarczyk - bluehenstudios.com
The bats broke out in a big way for the Wilmington University baseball team, as they scored six runs in the bottom of the fourth to take command and defeat Post University in a non-conference matchup between Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference foes, 12-7, on Wednesday afternoon at Wilson Field.
Wilmington (8-4) collected 18 hits including five doubles and a triple and had strong middle relief to close out the contest. Post (4-9) picked up four extra base hits and led 1-0 after the first inning and 3-1 after the third inning before surrendering the lead for good.
With one out in the bottom of the fourth, the Wildcats used back-to-back-to-back singles by Adam Soley, Kyle Hitchens, and Frank Samluk to load the bases. Jordan Johnson, normally the tablesetter for a big run scoring inning, sliced a double just inside the third base bag, easily scoring two runners and putting two more in scoring position. Johnson’s double tied the game at 3-3.
After the Eagles made a pitching change, Joe Harbach rudely welcomed Andrew Harris to the mound with a two run triple down the right field line. On the next pitch, Mike Godwin smacked a doubled to the warning track in left, easily scoring Harbach from third to make it 6-3 in favor of the Wildcats.
On the very next pitch, Jordan Oncay continued the onslaught with a single throw the hole in right and advanced to second as the Eagles let the ball go all the way through to the catcher. With Godwin at third, Bryan Miller tacked on the final run of the inning with a sacrifice fly to center field, turning a 3-1 deficit into a 7-3 advantage in one at-bat.
The Eagles retaliated with two runs in the fifth, capitalizing off a leadoff triple by James Wong. Alex Villar singled home Wong two batters later and Todd Blair eventually came around to score on a Taylor Carr single, closing the gap to 7-5.
The Wildcats tacked on another run in the fifth to keep Post at an arm’s reach and put the game away with three more runs in the bottom of the seventh. Hitchens hit a double to left center, scoring pinch hitter Brendan Fallers from second after leading off the inning with a free pass. Now with two outs and Hitchens on third, Johnson roped one back up the middle for another RBI single. After an error kept the inning alive, Johnson came around to score on a wild pitch, pushing the lead to 11-5.
Pinch hitter Joe Marciano put the final run on the board for the Wildcats with a single through the right side in the eighth, scoring Fallers from second.
Nick Marics worked out of a jam in the ninth, but only gave up two runs to secure the victory for the Wildcats. The win was the team’s third in a row and fourth in the last five games.
Tim Racek picked up the victory, throwing the fourth and fifth innings for Wilmington. He gave up two runs on three hits, but did not give up the lead the offense gave him while pitching through the fifth inning. Ray Gambone got the start on the hill, throwing three innings before handing it over to the bullpen. Tyler Fries, Dave Hatt and Rob Gore all threw 1-2-3 innings to get to Marics and the ninth.
Godwin went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored while Hitchens finished 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored. Samluk went 3-for-5 on the day, picking up the first hit of his career with a bunt single in the second. Johnson led all hitters with four RBIs while also scoring two runs in a 2-for-5 batting effort.
Wilmington will look to remain hot at the plate tomorrow, as they head to Chestnut Hill for another non-conference tune-up with a CACC foe. The Wildcats will open conference play on Saturday, as they host Dominican for a doubleheader starting at noon. Thursday’s game is slated for a 4 p.m. start.