The Bulldogs hosted Lee University for the second week in a row. The Bulldogs hoped for a better outcome against the NAIA No. 2 team then they got in the previous game. Last week, the Bulldogs were defeated 10-2, giving up 10 runs on 8 hits and committing 6 errors. Although, the Bulldogs still had 5 errors this week, they were able to get 12 hits, and score 9 runs, proving they wouldn't be burned again.
Bulldogs 9, Flames 8
Lefthander Josh McDaniel made his first start of the season and picked up the win, allowing five runs on six hits with three strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter. TWC missed a chance to score in the first, leaving the bases loaded after a Jordan Guida double and two walks.
In the second, a leadoff home run gave Lee a 1-0 lead, but an error on a bunt set the stage for four more runs, including a two-run homer, all coming after two were out. In the bottom of the frame, Anthony Boix led off with a double, David Lindsay singled and Ryan Santos double plated two runs. Johnny Smith's sacrifice fly cut the deficit to 5-3.
Neither team had another serious threat until Wesleyan came to bat in the bottom of the fifth. Stephen Branca reached on an error and Sam Munson singled in front of a three-run blast deep over the left field fence to put Wesleyan on top, 6-5. Wesleyan added two more runs after two were out on Lindsay's double, a single from Santos and Smith's two-bagger.
It was feast or famine for Corey Collins, who relieved McDaniel In the sixth, surrendering a two-run homer, but also striking out the side, leaving TWC ahead, 8-7. Noah Piard pitched the seventh, allowing a hit and walk, but struck out two to keep Lee off the scoreboard.
The Bulldogs added a run in the bottom of the inning on a Lee error and two-out hit from Smith. David Bergin came on to pitch the eighth. Lee put runners at second third on a hit and error and a double appeared it would tie the game, but the trail runner stumbled rounding third and was tagged out as he tried to dive back to the bag, ending the inning.
Wesleyan missed a chance to add to its lead in the home half. A hit batsman and walk led off the inning, but both runners were left stranded. Not scoring might have prove costly when closer Ben Crocker gave up a hit and walked a batter to start the Lee ninth. Unlike Wesleyan, Lee did sacrifice with a bunt, putting the tying run at third and the go-ahead run at second with one out. Crocker, however, struck out the next batter and induced a ground ball to short with Branca throwing to first to end the game.
Wesleyan had 11 hits with Smith, Lindsay and Santos having two each. Smith and Santos
each had three RBIs, as did Gaskill with his home run.
The Bulldogs play a 4 game weekend series with Indiana Institute of Technology starting with a double header on Saturday at 12:00 pm. They then finish up on Sunday with a double header beginning at 1:00 pm.