The Bulldogs played in their first game of the AAC tournament on Saturday against Montreat College. The Bulldogs pulled out a win with a score of 12-9. The Bulldogs banged out 17 hits and Max Loveland hit a dramatic two-out three-run homer, his second round-tripper of the game, in the bottom of the 8th as Wesleyan defeated Montreat 12-9 Saturday at Hunter-Wright Stadium.
Wesleyan jumped out to a 7-2 lead after three innings, but Montreat chipped away and tied the game at nine with a run in the top of the 8th. In the bottom of the inning, C.J. McElroy and Johnny Smith both walked before Loveland launched his game-winning homer with two outs. Loveland then took the mound and closed out the game by retiring Montreat in order in the 9th.
Loveland was 3-for-4 with a two home runs and a triple, driving in five runs and scoring four. Brad Pippa was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, three RBI; Ryan Carlot 2-for-4, two doubles, two runs scored, RBI; Andrew Tharpe 2-for-4, RBI and Cody Gaskill 1-for-4, run scored and RBI.
Troy Graybill started for Wesleyan, allowing two runs on three hits with one strikeout and five walks in 2 1/3 innings. Drew Housewright surrendered four runs (three earned) on four hits and struck out three in 2 2/3 innings. Ronald Phelps gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits, fanned one and walked two in two innings. Daniel Wood picked up the win, giving up a run on one hit with one strikeout in one inning. Loveland earned the save with a strikeout in his 1-2-3 inning of work.
The Bulldogs next game is Monday, May 10th at 5:00 pm against Milligan College.