Quakers drop pair to Muskingum
Muskingum wins, 16-2, 13-9
April 17, 2010
Wilmington College dropped both ends of an Ohio Athletic Conference doubleheader to Muskingum at Tewksbury-Delaney Field Saturday afternoon.
The Muskies took game one, 16-2, and finished the sweep with a 13-9 win in the nightcap.
Wilmington is now 2-6 in the OAC, 6-20 overall. Muskingum improves to 4-4 in the conference, 14-13 for the season.
“This shows how tough the OAC is. You can’t go by anybody’s record or what they’ve done. Muskingum showed that today,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “You’ve got to come ready to play every time you play a conference opponent. If you’re not ready, this conference will eat you alive.”
The Muskies scored six first-inning runs in the opener and never looked back. The Quakers finished with five hits, two of which were provided by Dan Roncolato (Meadville, Pa.).
Game two was a ride not for the faint of heart.
Freshman left fielder Cameron Schwalbach (Circleville) ripped a three-run home run to give the Quakers a 3-0 lead in the second inning.
Muskingum cut the deficit to 3-2 with single runs in the third and fourth innings, and then erupted for five in the fifth to go up, 7-3.
Down 8-3 in the sixth, Wilmington pulled within three runs when Zach Butler (Beavercreek/Carroll) singled in a run and later scored on a wild pitch.
The Quakers tied the game with three runs in the seventh, a rally that featured a two-run homer by Jake Clay (Washington Court House/Miami Trace).
“It was good to see our freshmen have some success today,” Haley said. “Cameron and Jake hit their first collegiate homers, and they were both big shots.”
The Muskies, however, had the answer, a four-spot in the eighth inning to take a 12-8 advantage.
Wilmington will face Mount St. Joseph at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Western Hills High School.