Tennessee Wesleyan College pulled themselves even atop the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball standings with a 14-6 victory over Union College in the opener of their three game series this past weekend, but was in danger of going two games down until a late rally salvaged a split in the doubleheader that followed. Wesleyan stumbled through a 4-2 loss in Saturday's first game and trailed 5-3 going to the bottom of the sixth in the nightcap. Wesleyan put together six hits, including two home runs and a clutch single from an unlikely hero. to plate seven runs in the inning and then held on in the seventh for a 10-9 win.
In Friday's game, the Bulldogs trailed 2-1 before erupting for four runs in the third on a Johnny Smith double, followed by singles from Cody Gaskill and Ryan Santos and a groundout. Wesleyan made it 8-3 in the fifth when a hit-batsmen and two walks set up a three-run double by David Lindsay. Cody Gaskill hit a two-run homer in the sixth; Kurtis Bramlett singled a run home in the seventh and Brad Pippa plated two runs with a single in a three-run eighth. Justin Crowell picked up the win, allowing six runs on six hits with six strikeouts, three walks and hitting one batter. Hamilton Bennett tossed 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief, surrendering one hit and striking out three. Cody Gaskill went 3-for-5, with a home run, driving in four runs and scoring three. Johnny Smith had two hits with a double and scored four runs. David Lindsay added two hits with three RBIs; Pippa two hits with two RBIs and Santos a hit with two RBIs.
In the first game on Saturday, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead in the first on a Ryan Santos single and tied the game at two on a David Lindsay double and wild pitch in the fifth. Union, however, used two hits, an intentional walk and two sacrifice bunts to plate two runs in the sixth. Wesleyan threatened in the bottom of the inning with singles by Rafael Carlot and Brad Pippa, but left the runners stranded at second and third. Troy Graybill took the loss, surrendering four runs on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks over 5 2/3 innings. Jason Ferguson pitched 1 1/3 innings of hitless relief with two strikeouts. The Bulldogs had only four hits.