Another tough loss in DH sweep
April 10, 2013
WESTERVILLE – For the second consecutive Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader, the Wilmington College baseball team suffered a tough loss in the opener before losing big in the nightcap. Otterbein scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to post the 4-3 win in game one, and then used a nine-run fifth inning to post the 16-5 win in the second game.
It marks the fifth time this season the Fightin’ Quakers have lost in the last at-bat, and the third time in the last two weeks.
Senior Hunter Justus (Circleville, OH/Logan Elm) gave Wilmington an early lead with a RBI single in the third inning, scoring freshman Clay Cleaver (Pleasant Plain, OH/Little Miami). The Quakers played add-on in the fifth on a two-out, two-run double by sophomore Roenick Whitney (Goshen, OH/Goshen).
Otterbein tallied a run in the sixth inning before a bases-loaded double in the seventh, cleared the bases and sent the Cardinals to the win.
Senior Reid Wurtz, 1-1, (Lawrenceburg, IN/East Central) didn’t get an out in his relief stint, walking the batter before yielding the game-winning hit.
Cleaver, Justus and junior Brandon Arehart (Wilmington, OH/Wilmington) all went 2-for-4 with a run scored, while Justus recorded two RBI.
Wilmington committed four errors allowing half of the Cardinals’ 16 runs to be unearned.
WC took another early lead in the nightcap on a RBI flyout by Whitney in the top of the first, but Otterbein responded with three runs in the bottom portion of the inning. A sacrifice fly by senior Cameron Schwalbach (Circleville, OH/Circleville) halved the Wilmington deficit. However, the Cardinals put three runs on the board in the third and nine in the fifth to put the game away.
Justus (1-6) allowed 13 runs (seven earned) on seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. He also issued six walks with one strikeout.
Clever and Arehart were 2-for-3 with a run scored, while freshman Alec Hutzelman (Centerville, OH/Centerville) was 2-for-4.
Wilmington (4-21 overall, 1-7 OAC) travels to Baldwin-Wallace for an OAC doubleheader.