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Ben Crocker gets the win in Game 3
Ben Crocker gets the win in Game 3
Baseball - Tue, Feb. 14, 2012
The Bulldogs hosted West Virginia Tech on Sunday and Monday for a three game series.  Tennessee Wesleyan went into the series at 2-3, whereas West Virginia Tech was playing for the first time this season.   The Bulldogs lost the first game 9-10 but came back on Monday to win 3-2 and 5-2. 

Game one, a nine inning single game on Sunday, started off with the Golden Bears scoring 8 runs in the first three innings, two in the first, three in the second, and three more in the third to lead 8-0.Josh McDaniel was the starting pitcher, who gave up five of those runs before he was hit by a line drive on his pitching arm in the 2nd and had to be relieved by Zach Fleshman.

The Bulldogs got one run back in the bottom of the third on a single by Jake Stone. Trailing 9-1, the Bulldogs struck for four runs in the fifth. Stone's single and two walks set up Thomas Sicking's three-run double. A wild pitch scored the fourth run to bring TWC within four, 9-5.

Wesleyan reloaded the bases on Tanner Quirk's double and two walks, but failed to score. A walk and singles from Stone and Sicking made it 9-6 after six innings. Down 10-6, Quirk doubled and Travis Burnside singled, leading to two runs that cut the deficit to 10-8. Two more errors and a walk led to another run in the eighth. Jordan Guida had a one-out double in Wesleyan's final at-bat and Sicking was hit by a pitch, but both were left stranded.

McDaniel allowed five runs on four hits and walked two in 1 2/3 innings. Fleshman gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out four and did not walk a batter over 5 innings. Corey Collins and Alphonso Yevoli each pitched one inning of scoreless relief. The Bulldogs had 10 hits, led by Stone, who went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored. Sicking had two hits with four RBIs and Quirk a pair of doubles. 

West Virginia Tech put up the first run on Monday in the 3rd inning. Wesleyan answered that run in the 4th inning with two more. The Bulldogs then put up one more in the 5th to go up 3-1. West Virginia scored one run in the 7th but it wasn't enough and the Bulldogs won 3-2 in the first game of the double header. 

Drew Levi hit a triple in the bottom of the 2nd but was left on base. Taylor Oldham hit a two run homer in the bottom of the fourth to get the Bulldogs on the board. In the fifth inning, Heath Malone singled, was sacrificed to second by Tanner Quirk's bunt and scored on a single by Travis Burnside. 

The Bulldogs had 5 hits with Travis Burnside, Stephen Branca, Taylor Oldham, Drew Levi, and Heath Malone all having one. Drew Levi s hit was a triple and Taylor Oldham had a homerun and 2 RBIs. Travis Burnside also had an RBI for the Bulldogs. 

Levi Dean got the win for the Bulldogs pitching six innings, giving up one run and striking out eight. Alphonso Yevoli came in to close the game in the 7th inning, giving up 2 hits, one run, and striking out 2. 

The Bulldogs opened up the final game of the series scoring one run in each of the first 3 innings. West Virginia Tech scored one in the 3rd and 4th, but the Bulldogs extended their lead in the 6th with a two run homer by Dale Ricketts.

Tennessee Wesleyan scored their 5 runs on 8 hits, with Stephen Branca leading the Bulldogs with 3, including a double. Jordan Guida and Jake Stone also had a double, while Ricketts only hit was the home run. Ben Crocker pitched 4 2/3 innings giving up the 2 runs on four hits and striking out 2.  Corey Rhoney came in to pitch 1 1/3 inning and Corey Collins came into to close the game in the seventh inning. 

The Bulldogs host Lee University on Wednesday at 2:00 pm.