TWC Athletic News
Stephen Branca gets welcomed at home plate after a home run in the first game
Stephen Branca gets welcomed at home plate after a home run in the first game
Baseball - Tue, Feb. 8, 2011
The Bulldogs hosted Shawnee State on Sunday, February 6th and Mondaym February 7th for a double header and then single 9 inning game.  The Bulldogs swept the series winning 6-5, 5-4, and 9-5.
Bulldogs 6, Shawnee 5
The Bulldogs scored five of their runs on second chances after Shawnee failed to handle popups in foul territory.  The first reprieve came in the second when Ryan Santos followed a bobble with a two-out, three run double. Two hit batsmen and a double by Jordan Guida had loaded the bases.  Wesleyan starter David Bergin surrendered a run in the Shawnee third. Guida led off the fourth with a home run and C.J. McElroy walked. With two outs, Shawnee again failed to handle a flyball behind the plate and Stephen Branca lined the next pitch over the fence in left field to put TWC on top, 6-1.

Corey Collins relieved Bergin and pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Ronald Phelps started the seventh and would have gotten out of the inning without allowing a run, but a dropped third strike gave Shawnee new life. The Bears pushed across four runs and had runners at second and third when Ben Crocker took over on the mound. Crocker walked the first batter to load the bases, but then got a strikeout to end the game. Bergin got the win, allowing two hits and striking out four. Crocker earned the save.

Bulldogs 5, Shawnee 4

Wesleyan struck early, plating two first-inning runs on a Branca double, a walk, wild throw on a pickoff attempt and single from Sam Munson. Wesleyan starter Noah Piard gave up a run in the third and a three-run homer in the fourth as Shawnee slipped in front, 4-2. Wesleyan got a run back in the sixth when Cody Gaskill singled, Sam Munson singled and Ryan Carlot doubled.

In the top of the seventh, a double, a poor throw on another dropped third strike and intentional walk loaded the bases with one out for the Bears. Reliever Matt Brennan, however, struck out the next two batters to end the threat. In the bottom inning, Bergin, who is the designated hitter when not pitching, delivered a single and Santos reached when his bunt was thrown away at first with the runners advancing to second and third.

Branca then slapped a two-run single, his third hit of the game, to center and made a winner of Brennan.

Bulldogs 9, Bears 5

Stephen Branca singled and Jon Smith doubled to lead off the bottom of the first. Branca scored on an error and Smith came home on a sacrifice fly.  In the second frame, Anthony Boix singled and David Lindsay homered.  Sam Munson led off the third with a home run and TWC led 5-0.  Matt McCracken went the first five innings for TWC, allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts and evened his season record at 1-1.

Drew Housewright relieved McCracken and surrendered a two-run homer in the sixth as Shawnee closed the gap to 5-3. Branca's single and Smith's triple made it 6-3 in the sixth. Ronnie Phelps came on to replace C.J. McElroy, who pitched a scoreless seventh, and gave up a leadoff home run in the 8th. 

Wesleyan added to their 6-4 lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning when Lindsay singled ahead of a home run from Ryan Santos and Smith followed with a solo home run. Phelps gave up another run in the ninth before Wesleyan turned a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
Smith and Lindsay each had three hits with two RBIs. Branca and Munson added two hits each for the Bulldogs. Munson and Santos also had two RBIs.
The Bulldogs play at home today at 2:00 pm against Lee University and then host Brescia this weekend for a double header on Saturday at 12:00 pm.  They play a single game on Sunday at 2:00 pm.