WC baseball wins 18th, most since 2005 season

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington College baseball team came back from a 7-2 deficit after seven innings to earn a walk-off victory, 8-7, over Mount St. Joseph University Wednesday at Tewksbury-Delaney Field.

The win gives WC a four-game sweep of MSJ on the season.

Wilmington is 18-17 this season. The 18 wins is the most in a single season for Wilmington College since the 2005 squad under Tony Haley went 22-15.

The most wins in a single season, dating back to 1975, came in 1988 when Brooks Lawrence led the Quakers to a 28-18-1 record.

Going to the bottom of the fifth inning, Wilmington trailed 5-0. The Quakers got an RBI-single from Tyler Shaneyfelt. WC looked for more as a double steal put two runners in scoring position, but Evan Kelsey grounded out to end the inning.

The Quakers loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth but a double play followed by a deep flyout to center field ended the threat with just a single run scored. MSJ added two in the seventh and led 7-2 after seven.

Mac Davis, who came on in relief in the fifth for WC, retired the Lions in order in the eighth. In the bottom half, Wilmington once again loaded the bases with no outs, but would score more than a run this time around. Dominic Depa singled home Kelsey, and thanks to a Lion error in the outfield, plated another run. After an MSJ pitching change, Caleb Scott scored on a wild pitch and Aaron Burns drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, pulling the hosts within 7-4.

In the Wilmington ninth, Shaneyfelt beat out a throw on a slow ball hit to third for an infield single, and after Kelsey put down a sacrifice bunt to move the runner into scoring position, Jared Lammert drew a walk on a full count. Scott singled to left scoring Shaneyfelt and Depa delivered a walk-off hit up the middle as Lammert beat out the throw to home plate.

Davis earned his first win of the year, scattering eight hits in five innings with three strikeouts.

Offensively, Shaneyfelt, Lammert, Scott and Depa had multi-hit games for WC with Depa driving in two runs. Shaneyfelt also swiped two bases, upping his Ohio Athletic Conference best mark to 25 on the season.

Wilmington hosts Muskingum University for a Senior Day twinbill 1 p.m. Saturday.