The Bulldogs traveled to Reinhardt University last weekend for an Appalachian Athletic Conference three game series. Tennessee Wesleyan won the nine inning game Friday night, 8-3 and then one the first game on Saturday, 4-1 before falling in the second game, 5-4.
On Friday night, Corey Rhoney gave up only one earned run, but TWC trailed 3-1 going to the fifth inning of Friday's nine-inning game, thanks to two errors. Wesleyan's run had come on a walk, throwing error, sacrifice bunt and sacrifice fly. The Bulldogs pulled even in the fifth when, with two outs, Josh McCray singled, Brad Carpenter tripled and Travis Burnside had a hit to knot the score at three. Jake Stone homered in the sixth to put TWC on top, 4-3. Wesleyan scored four runs on just one hit in the seventh, with a walk, hit-batsman and three errors plated two runs before Wes Minton's two-run single gave the Bulldogs an 8-3 lead. Rhoney went the nine-inning distance in raising his record to 7-0 on the season, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Bulldogs had nine hits and committed two errors. Stone led the offense with two hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. McCray had two hits, one run scored and Carpenter one hit, one RBI and two runs scored.
In the first of two seven-inning games on Saturday, Jarrod Jameson raised his unbeaten record to 10-0, pitching into the seventh inning before Noah Piard came on to record his 13th save of the season. Logan Dalton's double, two errors and Trey Griffin's sacrifice fly gave TWC a run in the first. Wesleyan scored three runs in the third. Burnside's double and Griffin's two-run homer were the only hits in the inning, along with three Eagles' errors. Jameson was working on a one-hitter until giving up back-to-back hits that produced Reinhardt's only run to start the seventh.
Noah Piard got two flyballs and a ground out to end the game. Jameson surrendered one run on three hits with one strikeout and two walks. The Bulldogs had six hits, two by Burnside. Griffin had one hit (a home run), driving in three runs and scoring one.
In the final game of the series, Wesleyan had only five hits and one run through the first six innings, scoring in the fifth on Aaron Stubblefield's triple and a ground out. The Bulldogs had a chance to score in the third, loading the bases with one out on singles by Minton, Donald and McCray, but in a sign of things to come, Minton was thrown out at home trying to score on a flyball to right field. Brian Bardis started for TWC and went four innings, allowing three runs. Justin Sprenger allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief and Brady Frey recorded the game's final out.
Trailing 5-1, Wesleyan went to work in its final at-bat, matching its hit production in the first six innings with five in the seventh. Donald walked and McCray singled. A ground out moved the runners up and Donald scored on Burnside's hit. Dalton singled, scoring pinch-runner Branden Walker. Stone's single loaded the bases before Griffin's hit chased Burnside home, cutting the gap to 5-4. Minton then flied to shallow centerfield and Dalton tagged up at third, but was thrown out at the plate to end the game. Bardis took the loss, allowing three runs on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Sprenger gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk. Frey gave up a hit and struck out one. The Bulldogs had 10 hits, nine of them singles. Stone and McCray had two hits each.
The Bulldogs travel to Georgia Gwinnett College on Wednesday to play at 5:00 pm. Tennessee Wesleyan will host Montreat College on Saturday and Sunday for a double header on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm and then a single game on Sunday at 2:00 pm.