The Bulldogs hosted the Montreat Cavaliers for their first AAC Weekend series. The Bulldogs won both double header games on Saturday, 3-2 and 11-1, but fell short on Sunday 6-5.
Bulldogs 3, Cavaliers 2
David Bergin scattered eight hits over six innings to improve to 6-0 on the season. Bergin struck out two and walked two. Noah Piard earned the save, giving up a hit and walk, but also striking out two in one inning of relief.
All the scoring came in the first three innings. Wesleyan took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first on two-out singles from Stephen Branca and Ryan Carlot, followed by a Montreat error. After a home run put Montreat up 2-1 in the top of the third, the Bulldogs answered with what proved to be the winning run. Two Cavaliers' errors set up the score with Sam Munson's single driving home the go-ahead run. TWC was out-hit 9-7, but played errorless ball while Montreat was guilty of four miscues.
Munson had two of Wesleyan's seven hits and an RBI. Guida and Carlot also had RBIs.
Bulldogs 11, Cavaliers 1
Josh McDaniel went the distance in a game called after five innings under the 10-run rule. McDaniel surrendered seven hits while striking out two and walking one.
The Bulldogs took a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the third. Carlot walked and Munson doubled, followed by walks to C.J. McElroy and Anthony Boix to force home a run. Ryan Santos was hit by a pitch to make it 2-1 and Johnny Smith's sacrifice fly upped the advantage to 3-1. Cody Gaskill's double chased two runs home for a 5-1 Wesleyan lead. TWC closed out the game with a six-run fifth, highlighted by Branca's home run and singles from Carlot and Guida.
Wesleyan again was out-hit, 7-6, but took advantage of five Montreat errors and six walks issued by Cavalier pitching. Munson had two hits while Smith (2), Gaskill, Branca, Guidal, Boix (2) and Santos all had RBIs.
Cavaliers 6, Bulldogs 5
Singles by Smith and Gaskill, followed by an error, put TWC up 1-0 in the first inning. In the third, a walk, Gaskill's single, a sacrifice fly and wild pitch made it 3-0.
TWC starter Corey Collins shut out the Cavaliers until running into trouble in the seventh. Collins gave up a run and, with two outs, left the game in favor of reliever Ben Crocker. Crocker gave up four straight hits, resulting in four runs as Montreat went in front 5-3. Wesleyan got a run back in the bottom of the inning on a home run from C.J. McElroy.
Reliever Piard surrendered a run in the ninth. The Bulldogs scored a run on an error and sacrifice fly to get within 6-5. Branca singled with two outs, but was left on base.
The Bulldogs travel to Cumberland University on Tuesday for a 9-inning game at 2:00 pm.