WILMINGTON — The Wilmington College baseball team edged Mount St. Joseph 5-4 at Tewksbury-Delaney Field Wednesday to sweep the season series.
The Lions (12-19), who were looking to snap a 12-game losing streak, scored a run on three hits in the top of the first. The Quakers looked to even in the bottom half of the inning as Tyler Shaneyfelt singled via a bunt, stole second and advanced to third on an error. That steal was No. 33 on the season for the junior, breaking a tie with Antonio Miller (class of 2019) for the single season record.
Shaneyfelt wouldn’t score, however, as he was gunned down trying to score on a fly ball hit to left by Owen Baumann. WC wouldn’t have to wait long to even the score, however, as Evan Eilerman led off the second with a double to left. One batter later, the game was tied as Carter Scheben hit an RBI-single to left.
Wilmington took the lead in the fourth on consecutive doubles from Dominic Depa and Eilerman. An MSJ error moved Eilerman to third, and Jesse Reliford got him home with a sacrifice fly.
The Lions tied the game over the next two innings, scoring runs with two outs in both the sixth and seventh. In the bottom of the seventh, the Quakers regained the advantage as Eilerman hit a sacrifice fly scoring an unearned run and Scheben doubled home Caleb Scott.
Trailing 5-3, a two-out triple from Max Kline scored a run in the eighth, but a pop-out got the Quakers out of the inning. MSJ mounted one more rally in the ninth as a one-out walk got to third base via a stolen base and a flyout. Similar to the previous inning, however, a pop-out secure a WC victory.
Mac Davis received a no-decision despite a quality start of six innings with six strikeouts and two earned runs. Trent Mendenhall, who pitched the final three innings, improved to 4-5 by scattering four hits with four strikeouts.
Eilerman finished 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the Wilmington offense. Scheben, Depa and Shaneyfelt also had multi-hit games with Shaneyfelt stealing two bases.
Wilmington (15-20) will close out its home slate Saturday against John Carroll. The Senior Day games are set to begin at 1 p.m.