Wesleyan Baseball Falls Just Short With Strong Postseason Run

courtesy of Tim Litchfield, photospecialties
courtesy of Tim Litchfield, photospecialties

LAGRANGE, Ga. - The 5th seeded NC Wesleyan College Baseball team had their season come to a sudden end on Saturday with their second straight loss in the USA South Conference Baseball Tournament. The 6th seeded Greensboro College Pride outlasted the Bishops en route to a 10-2 win in the final Loser's Bracket game of the weekend.

The win sends Greensboro to the Championship game vs. 3rd seed LaGrange College on Sunday at Noon. Greensboro needs to beat LaGrange twice to win the tournament.

The Bishops finish their season 24-16 overall and a third place finish in the Conference Tournament while Greensboro improves to 22-17 with their 4th straight consolation win.

Greensboro got out to a fast start scoring 4 runs in the first inning on 2 two-out two-run singles that just squeaked through the middle infield off senior starter J.D. Makauskas (2-4) Wesleyan would then get two of those back in the 4th inning on freshman Andrew Nichols' own two-out two-run single to make it 4-2. 

Unfortunately, Wesleyan would not be able to push any more runs across adding a few insurance runs in the 8th and 9th innings off sophomore reliever Kevin Williams, who had kept the Bishops in the game for an impressive 7 and 1/3 innings out of the bullpen. Williams allowed only two runs over 7 innings before tiring in the 9th when the Pride scraped across a few more. Williams struck out nine on 3 walks and allowed 7 hits while junior reliever Noah Shrock came on in the 9th to strike out one.

Freshman DH Jackson Murray led the Bishops with 3 hits while 8 of the 9 Bishops in the starting lineup recorded a hit in the game.