ADA, Ohio — The Wilmington College baseball team split a high-scoring Ohio Athletic Conference twinbill Sunday at Ohio Northern University, winning game one 15-11 and falling in game two 17-7.
Wilmington finished its 2022 season with a 21-19 overall record including an 8-10 mark in OAC play, good for sixth place in the league. Both are program bests since the Quakers went 22-15 overall, 11-7 in OAC games and tied for third in the conference in 2005.
In game one, Caleb Scott gave the Fightin’ Quakers a 3-1 lead with his sixth home run of the season scoring both Zach Christensen and Jared Lammert. Tyler Shaneyfelt made it a 4-1 lead with a two-out, RBI-single in the fourth. ONU tied the game in the fourth.
The fifth inning would prove to be the difference in game one as Wilmington sent 15 runners to the plate. Dominic Depa had a two-run single and Noah Martin had a bases-loaded walk to make it 7-4. Evan Kelsey, Shaneyfelt, Christensen and Lammert put together four straight run-scoring hits for an 11-4 WC advantage. A hit batter and wild pitch put the Quakers on top 13-4.
After the Polar Bears pulled within 13-11, Wilmington added two runs in the ninth to seal the win.
Aaron Boster won his fifth game of the year. Shaneyfelt earned his first save.
Wilmington pounded out a dozen hits in game one with half of them coming from the top two in the order. Shaneyfelt went 2-for-6 with two RBIs while Christensen had a 4-for-6 game with three runs scored and two stolen bases. Scott hit the home run and drove in four while Depa went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored. The Quakers also drew a dozen walks.
In the nightcap, ONU roughed up Luke Chappie with five runs in the first and never looked back.
Aaron Burns stroked his team-leading seventh homer of the season in the fourth. Christensen and Burns led the Quakers offensively in game two as both finished 3-for-5 on the day.