The Bulldogs faced Truett McConnell at home over the weekend and needed the sweep to stay atop the AAC. TWC got all three wins; winning 8-6 on Friday and then 8-0 and 3-1 in Saturdays doubleheader.
On Friday, Adheen's own one-out error opened the door and a pair of singles led to a 2-0 Truett-McConnell lead in the first inning. The senior left-hander, however, would hold the Bears scoreless and allow just two hits over the next six innings. Wesleyan did little to change the score until the fifth inning, staging a six-run rally after two were out. David Donald singled between two outs and was at second base when the breakout started. Logan Dalton walked and James Boddicker's infield hit loaded the bases. Wes Minton drew a free pass to plate the first run and Matt Malloy singled to left, tying the game at two. K.J. Hockaday walked to force home a run and Tim Kiene cleared the bases with a three-run double to right centerfield for a 6-2 lead. Donald's leadoff single and a throwing error gave the Bulldogs a run in the sixth and hits from Minton and Hockaday added a run in the seventh, padding Wesleyan's advantage to 8-2. The Bears made it interesting in the ninth as a tiring Adheen could not get an out among the first five batters, giving up a hit, walking three and hitting one. Tyler Wilson came on to get the final three outs, but not before the Bears had closed the final deficit to two runs. Adheen got the win, allowing six runs on five hits, while striking out one and walking four. Donald collected three of the Bulldogs' nine hits, scoring two runs. Kiene had one hit, four RBIs; Minton one hit, one RBI, two runs scored and Malloy one hit, two RBIs.
On Saturday, Clemen went the distance, giving up just five hits, striking out eight and walking two. Truett's only real threat came in the first, but Clemen got a strikeout with the bases loaded to end the rally. In the bottom of the inning, Boddicker doubled, Minton walked and Matt Malloy lined a two-out single to give TWC a 2-0 lead. The Bulldogs erupted for five runs in the third frame, all after two were out. Boddicker again started the uprising with a two-bagger. Minton singled Boddicker home and an error and walk loaded the bases. Another free pass forced a run home and Cody Heifnar's single scored two runs for a 7-0 lead. A walk, hit-batsman, Minton's single and sacrifice fly accounted for the game's final run in the fourth. Tennessee Wesleyan collected nine hits. Minton had two hits, two runs scored, RBI; Boddicker two hits, three runs scored; Carpenter two hits, RBI and Heifnar a hit, two RBIs.
Taylor Patterson went six innings, allowing one run on two hits, struck out 10 and walked three in the final game of the series. The Bulldogs scored a run in the second when Donald was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on Heifnar's double. A walk, error and hit allowed the Bears to tie the score at one with a run in the third. Tennessee Wesleyan left the sacks full in the fifth. In the sixth, Donald and Heifnar singled. Brad Carpenter then beat out a bunt with Donald scoring. Dalton doubled Heifnar home for 3-1 lead. Tyler Wilson relieved Patterson to start the seventh. After an opening error, Wilson struck out the side to preserve the win. Dalton had two hits, RBI; Heifnar two hits, runs scored, RBI; Carpenter a hit, RBI and Donald a hit, two runs scored.
The Bulldogs face AAC foe Union College on Saturday and Sunday for the final AAC series of the season. Union is currently in the second position in the conference at 16-8 while the Bulldogs are 16-7. TWC still has one game to make up with Montreat College which is currently scheduled for Tuesday April 29th.