9, Ohio Wesleyan 8
shortstop Brandon Williams (Dublin/Coffman) slammed a 2-run homer to highlight
a 3-run eighth inning that brought Ohio Wesleyan within 9-8, but Wooster
worked out of jams in the eighth and ninth frames to escape with a win
in Game 2 of the North Coast Athletic Conference championship series on
Friday at Carleton Davidson Stadium in Springfield.
With the win, Wooster wins the best-of-3 series and takes the NCAC championship
and the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
As they did in Thursday night's Game 1, the Bishops took a 1-0 lead in
the first inning. With one out, freshman outfielder John Maggard (Worthington/Thomas
Worthington) walked, stole second, and moved to third on an error by Wooster
second baseman Mike Barone on a grounder by sophomore first baseman A.J.
Dote (Columbus/Worthington Kilbourne). Senior third baseman Sammy Hall
(North Riverside, Ill./Nazareth Academy) was hit by a pitch to load the
bases and senior outfielder Adam Toney (Galloway/Westland) drew a walk
to force in a run.
Wooster responded with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning, putting its
first 2 runners on base on Williams' error on Shaun Swearingen's grounder
and a double by Brandon Boesiger before John Quimby singled home a run
and Kurt Kapferer cracked a 3-run homer.
Ohio Wesleyan answered with 4 runs of its own in the top of the second.
Freshman catcher Ty Leavitt (Worthington/Thomas Worthington) led off with
a single and sophomore outfielder Donnie Paul (Lewis Center/Olentangy)
and Williams followed with singles to load the bases. After Maggard forced
Leavitt at the plate, Junior second baseman Kyle Sherman (Plain City/Dublin
Scioto) plated a run with a sacrifice fly and Dote belted a 3-run homer
to give the Bishops a 5-4 lead.
The Fighting Scots tied the game in the fifth as Boesiger doubled, moved
to third on a passed ball and scored on Williams' error on Quimby's grounder.
Wooster then took an 8-5 lead in the sixth on Quimby's bases-clearing
double to right, and added a run in the seventh on Rob Romick's RBI single.
The Bishops rallied in the eighth, as Paul led off with a ball to right
that fell in, with Scot rightfielder Dean Palombaro charged with an error
on the play. Williams followed with a homer that brought Ohio Wesleyan
Ryan Mullins relieved Wooster starter Adam Samson at that point and retired
Maggard and Sherman on fly balls, but Dote coaxed a walk and Hall followed
with a single before Toney lined a single to right, scoring Dote, sending
Hall to third and chasing Mullins. Walt Samson came on and caught junior
first baseman Tom Bottichio (Mason) looking on a third strike to end the
The Bishops challenged in the ninth when, with one out, Paul struck out
swinging but reached first on a wild pitch. One out later, Maggard singled
to put the tying run in scoring position, but Samson struck out Sherman
to end the game.
Williams, Maggard and Toney had 2 hits apiece for Ohio Wesleyan.
Sophomore righthander Sean Speed (Cincinnati/St. Xavier) was the starting
and losing pitcher for Ohio Wesleyan. He allowed 7 hits and 6 runs during
the first 5.2 innings. Senior righthander Adam Dunn (Westerville/Worthington
Christian) relieved in the sixth and allowed 4 hits and 3 runs in 1.1
innings, and senior righthander Michael Krieger (Boardman) pitched a scoreless
Samson was the starting and winning pitcher for Wooster, while Walt Samson
was credited with a save after striking out 3 batters in 1.1 innings of
Speed, Dote, Sherman, Hall and Toney represented the Bishops on the all-tournament
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