Offensive Barrage Leads Bishops to Victory

SR Nate Gardner
SR Nate Gardner

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. - An offensive explosion by the rested NC Wesleyan College baseball team led to a 14-5 non-conference win over D-3 Elmira College (N.Y.) on Thursday afternoon.

After not being in action for 11 days, the Wesleyan offense did not seem to be affected as they recorded 11 hits, five extra base hits and two home runs in the big win.

Senior DH Nate Gardner and senior LF Logan Andrews led the Bishops with home runs while each driving in three runs. Andrews also led Wesleyan with 3 hits on the afternoon as seven different Bishops knocked hits on the day. Andrews finished with 7 total bases on the day and fell a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

A three-run third inning and a big 7-run fifth inning helped lead the Bishops to victory as they sent 10 men to the plate. Senior CF Cedrick Kornegay also had a multi-hit game with a double and reached base four times with his 2 walks and drove in a run while senior catcher Brandon Wheat also drove in two runs with his early two-run double. Junior 3B Trey Posilero recorded a two-run single as well in the win. Freshman shortstop Andrew Nichols also stole three bases on the day as well.

On the mound, freshman Grant Bartlett threw three innings recording 2 strikeouts and allowed just a hit and a run. Wesleyan then had 4 pitchers throw one shutout inning apiece with junior Connor Stratton picking up the victory with 2 Ks in his one inning while junior reliever Noah Shrock struck out the side in the ninth.

Wesleyan improves to 3-1 on the season with the win and will prepare to host conference foe LaGrange College (Ga.) on Sunday and Monday in a rain-delayed series. First pitch is scheduled for Sunday at 1 pm while Monday's DH begins at 11 am. Times are subject to change depending on the weather.