WC baseball opens spring trip with DH sweep

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Wilmington College baseball team opened its 2018 spring trip with a doubleheader sweep of Gallaudet University, winning 2-1 and 7-2 on Sunday.

In game one, Wilmington threatened to score in the first two innings, but groundouts to the shortstop in both innings ended the threat. The Quakers struck in the third, however, as Josh Chua doubled home Daniel Hayes with one out. Wilmington nearly broke the game open, but a flyout to right field left the bases loaded.

Wilmington again had runners in scoring position in the fourth thanks to a walk by Kasey Bottorff and a double from Shane Hale. Once again, however, a groundout ended the threat. The Bison answered in the bottom of the fourth to tie the game 1-1.

Neither team scored in the fifth inning, but Wilmington opened the sixth with a single from Kyle Short, and Bottorff did his part by putting down a sacrifice bunt. The Quakers then took advantage of two Gallaudet errors on the same play, as a grounder bounced through the third basemen’s hands and was also misplayed by the out fielder.

Gallaudet had a runner on third with no outs on the sixth, but two strikeouts from Adam Doerger and a flyout stranded the tying run. The Bison got the tying run to third in the seventh as well, but another Doerger strikeout gave the freshman his first collegiate save.

Jarett Trautman earned the win for the Quakers, pitching five innings allowing one earned run and one strikeout. Doerger tallied four strikeouts in two innings pitched.

Luke Kleindl finished with two of Wilmington’s seven hits while Joey Allinder added a hit and a stolen base.

In the second game, Wilmington used three Gallaudet errors to score two runs in the first inning, and a four-hit, four-run second inning gave the Quakers a six-run advantage it would not relinquish.

Lance Fleischman earned the victory allowing one earned run in 4.2 innings of work (of a seven-inning game). Alec Robinette, who came in from the bullpen, did not allow a runner to reach base in the final 2.1 innings.

Chua and Daniel Hayes both finished with two hits while three other Quakers recorded a single hit.