The Bulldogs hosted Virginia Intermont over the weekend for the AAC 3 game series. TWC won all three games which moved them up to first place in the AAC. On Saturday the Bulldogs won 12-0 and 7-0, then won 14-4 on Sunday.
In the first game on Saturday, Brent Adheen went six innings, scattering five hits, striking out six and walking one. Tennessee Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead in the second. Wes Minton singled, Tim Kiene was a hit by a pitch and both scored on David Donald's double. Donald later scored on a sacrifice fly. TWC added two runs in the third when Matt Malloy singled and Minton homered to left centerfield. The Bulldogs broke the game open with a four runs to lead 9-0 in the fifth, highlighted by hits from Minton, Kiene, Donald, Shell McCain, two walks and a Cobra error. Five straight pinch-hitters in the seventh helped score the game's final three runs. Ty Powell came on to replace Adheen, recording two strikeouts in getting the last three outs.
The Bulldogs had 12 hits, led by Minton, who was 3-for-3 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Donald had two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored; McCain two hits, two RBIs and Stroud a hit, two RBIs and run scored.
Alex Pridemore went six innings, surrendering only three hits, but walked three and hit two batters in the second game of the day. The TWC defense, however, turned three double-plays in the first four innings. The Bulldogs took advantage of three walks and an error to score two first-inning runs. The third run came in the third when James Boddicker doubled and was chased home by two long flyballs. Shell McCain homered in the fourth to put TWC on top, 4-0. Boddicker singled and later scored on a wild pitch to start a three-run fifth. With two outs, K.J. Hockaday singled and Donald walked. Both scored on a dropped pop-up on the infield. Taylor Saucedo took over for Pridemore to start the seventh, hitting one batter before getting the final three outs. Tennessee Wesleyan had just six hits, two by Boddicker with two runs scored and two from Hockaday with a run scored.
On Sunday, Josh Clemen hurled five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, striking out five and walking two. The game was scoreless until the third, when the Bulldogs erupted for six runs. TWC took advantage of hits from Brad Carpenter, McCain and Hockaday; Malloy's two-run homer; a walk and two hit-batsman to take a 6-0 lead. TWC added a run in the fourth on Boddicker's single. Minton and Kiene hit back-to-back home runs in a four-run fifth that also saw RBI doubles from Carpenter and McCain. Reliever Logan Longwith kept the scoreless streak intact, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth. Hits by Bryon Haag, Ryan Phillips and Carpenter opened a 13-0 lead in the bottom of the inning.
With only one starter on the field for Wesleyan, VI scored its first runs of the series after Wesleyan's only error on a possible game-ending double-play grounder opened the door against reliever Tyler Wilson. With the 10-run rule no longer in effect, the four runs forced Wesleyan to bat in the bottom of the seventh. However, a hit-batsman and singles from Haag, Phillips and Kiene drove home the game-ending run. Carpenter led Wesleyan's 16-hit attack with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. McCain had two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored; Boddicker two hits, two RBIs; Haag two hits, run scored; Kiene two hits, two RBIs, two runs scored and Phillips two hits, run scored. Hockaday and Malloy each had one hit with two RBIs.
The Bulldogs will travel to Lindsey Wilson on Wednesday to play at 5:00 pm.