Tennessee Wesleyan College (30-11 overall, 13-4 conference) held on to first place in the Appalachian Athletic Conference baseball standings for about 12 hours following a victory over host Reinhardt College Friday, but a split in Saturday's doubleheader dropped the Bulldogs into second place. TWC won 9-5 at Reinhardt on Friday and closed out the series with a 6-5 decision in game three, but were shut out under the run rule in the opener of Saturday's doubleheader, 10-0 in six innings.
On top 1-0 in Friday's game, Wesleyan put up five third-inning runs and behind senior righthander Justin Crowell, the Bulldogs built a 9-0 lead before Reinhardt scored their five runs, four coming in the bottom of the ninth. In raising his season record to 7-2, Crowell went the distance, allowing eight hits, striking out two and walking two. Cody Gaskill led Wesleyan's 12-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs. Rafael Carlot was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs and Ryan Santos 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.
Wesleyan starter Troy Graybill lasted just one inning in Saturday's opener, giving up four runs on six hits and two walks in falling to 6-3 on the season. The relievers didn't fair much better. Despite striking out seven, Hamilton Bennett surrendered five runs on seven hits. Ronald Phelps allowed a run on one hit and one walk while Jason Ferguson gave up a hit to the only man he faced that ended the game under the 10-run rule. Wesleyan had only three hits with Gaskill going 2-for-3.
For the final game, The Bulldogs scored three runs in the first inning and added three more in the seventh to lead 6-1 before the Eagles made things interesting with four runs in the bottom of the inning. Matt McCracken improved to 5-0 on the season with a complete game, striking out four, walking two and giving up nine hits. Johnny Smith was 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI; Gaskill hit a two-run homer and C.J. McElroy was 2-for-3 with a run scored.
The Bulldogs play at Lee University on April 13th beginning at 6:00 pm and then on April 14th at 2:00 pm at home against Georgetown College.