The Bulldogs traveled to Georgetown on Wednesday hoping for two wins after they were defeated at home by the Tigers on March 19th. However, Tennessee Welseyan split the doubleheader losing the first game 4-5 and winning the second 3-2.
In the first game, the Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead in the second. Trey Griffin walked and Wes Minton singled. Brackton Smith's bunt moved the runners up. The runs scored on a ground out and wild pitch. Georgetown got a run back in the third, but Wesleyan added two more runs in the top of the fourth. Brackton Smith singled with Aaron Stubblefield coming on as pinch runner and stealing second base. Josh McCray reached first on an infield grounder with Stubblefield advancing to third. Branden Walker's squeeze bunt plated Stubblefield and McCray was chased home by Burnside's single.
TWC starter Brent Adheen ran into trouble in the bottom of the inning, giving up three runs that tied the game at four on three doubles and a walk. Brady Frey replaced Adheen to start the fifth and got the first two outs before a pair of singles and a walk gave Georgetown the go-ahead run. Wesleyan put a runner on in each of the last three innings, but Georgetown twice turned double-plays and one runner was left stranded.
Adheen went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits with six strikeouts and two walks. Frey took the loss, giving up one run on two hits with a walk. Justin Sprenger pitched one scoreless inning, walking two and striking out one.
Wesleyan had just four hits, two by Travis Burnside.
Wesleyan had only five hits through the first six innings in the second game. Zach Fleshman started for Wesleyan and allowed two runs in the second frame on three hits and an error. Tyler Wilson came on in relief with one out in the fourth and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings with a strikeout and two walks before Noah Piard took over in the bottom of the sixth.
Stubblefield started TWC's winning comeback with a hit. Burnside singled and Walker beat out a bunt to load the bases. An error on Stone's grounder plated Stubblefield and Griffin was hit by a pitch, forcing Burnside home. Minton grounded into a double play with Walker scoring the go-ahead run. Piard retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh. The Tigers, however, mounted a threat with back-to-back singles before the senior right-hander ended the game with a strikeout.
Piard picked up the win, surrendering three hits and striking out two. Wesleyan had eight hits, two each from Burnside and Walker.
The Bulldogs host Point University this weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm. On Sunday there is a single game at 2:00 pm.