Bulldog Baseball traveled to UVA-Wise for their last regular season series. A single game was played on Friday and then a double header on Saturday. The Bulldogs were able to take 2 of the 3 games, losing the first one 8-5 and then winning both on Saturday, 13-7 and 5-0. The Bulldogs are now one game behind Union College for the Regular season championship. Union still has one game to back up with Reinhardt College which could give them the win or tie them with Wesleyan in the standings.
In the first game the Bulldogs came out in the second inning to take the lead 2-0. In the 4th, Wesleyan scored one more run to stay atop the Cavs, but UVA-Wise came back in the 5th and 6th inning to score 4 runs each. The Cavs now led 8-3. The Bulldogs scored 2 more in the 7th, but were unable to put the hits together in the 8th or 9th to steal the win. Rafael Carlot led the team with 2 hits, one homerun, one RBI, and one run scored. Freddy Lewis and Johnny Smith each had a double. Justin Crowell took the loss for Wesleyan pitching 5 2/3 innings while giving up 8 runs on 7 hits, walking 5 and striking out 6. Jason Ferguson and Drew Housewright came in an inning a piece of relief.
On Saturday, in the first game, the Bulldogs came out to an early lead scoring one run in the first inning. The Bulldogs continued scoring one run In the 4th and 5th inning and then 2 in the 7th. Hamilton Bennett pitched 7 innings holding the Cavs to no runs. The Bulldogs had seven hits with Cody Gaskill going two for three with a pair of home runs and three RBIs. Max Loveland was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Andrew Tharpe 2-for-3.
Wesleyan scored three in the top of the first, but starter Matt McCracken surrendered three in the home half on three hits and two walks. Lewis took over to the start the second, giving up one run in the fourth as the Bulldogs went ahead 8-4 and three more in the sixth before TWC broke the tight game open with a five-run seventh. Gaskill had two more home runs and four RBIs to lead Wesleyan's 14-hit attack. Ryan Santos broke out of a three-week slump with a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Johnny Smith was only 1-for-5 with a double, but drove in four runs. Loveland was 2-for-5, run scored, RBI; C.J. McElory 2-for4 with two RBIs and Michael Whitner 2-for-3 with three runs scored. Lewis (4-4) picked up the win, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits while fanning six and walking three in 4 2/3 innings. Daniel Wood walked the only two batters he faced before Ferguson came on to squash the rally and allowed just one hit, one walk and struck out one in 1 1/3 innings.