Quakers rally for season-opening split
Jordan caps comeback with seventh-inning single
March 4, 2012
Troy Wagner fired three shutout innings in Wilmington's win over Newbury.
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Xavier Jordan’s RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a comeback that lifted Wilmington College to a 6-5 win over Newbury (Mass.) College in Gene Cusic Classic action Sunday afternoon.
The win earned Wilmington (1-1) a split on the day after Newbury took the opener, 4-3.
“That was a big win. We have a good group of seniors and some talented freshmen, and they all battled back today,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “We feel like we should have won the opener, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Then we got down early in the second game, but we didn’t panic. We chipped away and got a big win.”
Wilmington pitchers yield nine walks and hit two batters in the opener as Newbury was opportunistic enough to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 win in eight innings.
Jordan had two of Wilmington’s five hits and drove in a run.
In game two, Brandon Arehart (Wilmington) doubled in a run to give the Quakers a 1-0 lead in the first.
Newbury, though, responded with five runs in the second inning to go up, 5-1.
Bruce Dunlap (Circleville/Logan Elm) singled and scored on a Luke Teeters (Waverly) double in the third.
In the fifth, Wilmington made it a 5-4 game on a two-run single off Dunlap’s bat.
The Quakers remained a run behind as the seventh inning arrived. Dunlap got things going with a one-out triple to left field. After an infield hit by Hunter Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm), a Newbury error allowed Dunlap to bring the tying run home.
After a second Newbury error, Jordan (Springfield/Shawnee) laced a single to center field to chase home pinch-runner Phil Mowell (Springfield/Northeastern) with the game-winning run.
“We just kept fighting,” Haley said. “Bruce Dunlap got his bat going, and we had some young players step up. Troy Wagner (Bright, Ind./East Central) pitched three innings of shutout ball to keep us in the game, and Xavier Jordan got a big hit at a big moment. Hopefully, this is something for us to build upon.”