Tennessee Wesleyan College recognized its seniors and their families between games on Sunday during the series with Montreat College. Those seniors are Travis Burnside, Noah Piard, Zach Fleshman, Corey Rhoney, Brady Frey, Justin Sprenger, Jake Stone, Drew Levi and Josh Culler. The Bulldogs won both games on Sunday, 6-4 and 1-0, and then swept the series on Monday when they won the single nine inning game, 8-1.
TWC took a 1-0 lead in the first frame when Travis Burnside walked, stole second and scored on Jake Stone's single. Two walks, hits by Trey Griffin and Logan Dalton, along with Wes Minton's pop-fly double that was lost in the sun, added two runs in the third. Brad Carpenter had a hit as the Bulldogs loaded the bases in the fourth, scoring on a ground out and Stone's single to lead, 5-0. Tyler Wilson pitched a 1-2-3 sixth with one strikeout in relief of Rhoney. A walk and Aaron Stubblefield's hit put Wesleyan ahead, 6-0, going to the seventh frame. Culler got the first two outs in relief of Wilson, but two walks and a hit-batter loaded the bases. An error then let in two runs before two more free passes closed the gap to 6-3 and brought Noah Piard to the mound. Piard struck out the next batter on a pitch in the dirt that skipped past the catcher with the runner reaching first safely and another run scoring. With the bases still loaded, Piard then fielded a pop fly in foul territory to end the game.
Rhoney improved to 8-0 on the season, giving up three hits with two strikeouts, three walks and one hit-batsman. Piard picked up his 15th save of the season. Stone had two hits and two RBIs; Griffin two hits, one RBI and one run scored; Minton two hits and Stubblefield one hit and two RBIs.
Jarrod Jameson kept his perfect season intact in the second game of the day, raising his NAIA number one record for wins to 12-0. The junior righthander struck out five and had one inning where he got a flyball and back-to-back ground outs on three consecutive pitches. Jameson gave up three hits and walked one. The game's only run came in third when Carpenter doubled, moved to third on Burnside's sacrifice bunt and scored on Stubblefield's ground out. Piard raised his nationally best save total to 16 with a 1-2-3 seventh that included two strikeouts. Wesleyan out-hit the Cavaliers, 5-4.
On Monday, Wesleyan scored twice in the first inning in what has become a classic example of the Bulldogs' offensive production this season. With one out, Aaron Stubblefield doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a passed ball. Logan Dalton laced a ground-rule double after walks to Trey Griffin and Wes Minton for the second run. TWC went up 3-0 in the second when Josh McCray doubled, moved to third on a ground out and raced home on a wild pitch. The Bulldogs used a more conventional approach to plate three runs in the fourth and lead 6-0 on singles by Brad Carpenter and Stubblefield, doubles from Travis Burnside and Griffin and Jake Stone's sacrifice fly. A walk and two-out hits from Stubblefield and Stone put Wesleyan on top, 8-0, after eight innings. Frey, who had relieved Adheen to start the 8th, allowed the only Montreat score in the 9th. With two outs and a runner at second, back-to-back errors on infield grounders let the run in before Frey got the final out.
Adheen pitched seven scoreless innings, surrendering six hits, while striking out nine and walking one. Frey allowed one unearned run on one hit with four strikeouts and one walk. Stubblefield led Wesleyan's 13-hit attack. The junior third baseman went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored. Griffin had two hits, one RBI and one run scored and Stone a hit with two RBIs.
Burnside, Minton, David Donald, McRay, Dalton and Carpenter had one hit each.
The Bulldogs play today at 3:00 pm versus Hiwassee College and then travel to Virginia Intermont to play in the final conference weekend series of the regular season.