The Bulldogs took a short trip down I-75 to play against Lee University in Cleveland, TN on Tuesday night. The Bulldogs unfortunately came away with another loss, losing 9-6 against the Flames. The Bulldogs record is now 30-12 overall and 13-4 in the conference.
In the top of the second, Wesleyan was unfortunate not to take the lead thanks to a pair of big plays by the Lee defense. Rafael Carlot's drive to right was brought back into the park on a leaping grab above the fence and was followed by Brad Pippa's shot to dead centerfield where a falling down catch was made at the base of the 400-foot sign. After working out of a bases-loaded jam in the first, TWC starter Freddy Lewis was roughed up in the second as Lee converted four hits and a throwing error by Lewis into a 4-0 lead. Wesleyan got a run back in the fourth without a hit, cutting the deficit to 4-1 on two walks, a wild pitch and Andrew Tharp's sacrifice fly. Daniel Wood, who had had relieved Lewis in the third, surrendered a run on three hits in the bottom of the inning to put the Flames in front 5-1. The Bulldogs' bats finally came to life in the sixth, starting with a leadoff single by Ryan Santos. Carlot was hit by a pitch and one-out later, Tharp delivered a run-scoring double. David Lindsey slapped a two-run single and C.J. McElroy doubled him home and took third on the throw. Max Loveland's ground out scored McElroy and TWC led 6-5. Troy Graybill, who pitched a scoreless sixth, was touched for a two-run homer in the seventh that put the Flames back on top, 7-6. A single by Tharp and hit-batsman gave Wesleyan a threat in the 8th, but Lee closer Aaron Everett came on to get a strikeout to end the inning. With one out in the home half, Graybill gave up a double and walked the next batter intentionally to set up a possible double play. The strategy backfired, however, when a shallow fly ball to center was lost in the dusky skies, leaving the bases loaded. Jason Ferguson relieved Graybill and gave up a two-run single on his first pitch before getting the double play that ended the inning. Although he surrendered a single to Cody Gaskill in the 9th, Everett struck out the side to preserve the victory. In two innings, Lewis gave up four runs on six hits, fanned one and walked two. Wood surrendered just one run on six hits with three strikeouts and did not walk a batter over three innings. Graybill took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits with one strikeout and one walk. Wesleyan had eight hits, two each from Loveland and Tharp. Tharp and Lindsey each had two RBIs.
The Bulldogs play away at Bluefield College this weekend beginning at 4:00 pm on Saturday with a single game and then continuing on Sunday with a doubleheader at 1:00 pm.