Quakers split pair with Oberlin
Teams battle to one-run decisions
April 25, 2012
Gunner Calhoun went six strong innings in Wilmington's 7-6 loss to Oberlin.
Wilmington College split a non-conference doubleheader with Oberlin College at Tewksbury-Delaney Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Quakers rallied to win the opener, 8-7, and dropped game two, 7-6, in eight innings.
Wilmington is now 7-23 on the year while Oberlin ends its season at 17-23.
“This team has battled all year and they battled today,” Wilmington head coach Tony Haley said. “We didn’t get frustrated when things didn’t go our way. We just stayed with it and played good baseball.”
The Quakers played from behind most of the day. In the opener, Oberlin jumped to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, but Wilmington cut the deficit to 4-3 in the home third when Austin Newman (Bethel/Bethel-Tate) drove in two runs with a double and scored on a Hunter Justus (Circleville/Logan Elm) RBI single.
A Jake Vinkovich (Circleville) bunt single on a squeeze play tied the game at 4 in the fourth.
Oberlin regained the lead with two runs in the fifth inning, but Wilmington answered with a run to cut the deficit to 6-5 heading into the sixth.
Vinkovich and Newman drove in runs in the home sixth to give Wilmington a 7-6 lead — an advantage that didn’t stand long as the Yeomen tied the game with an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning.
The Quakers took advantage of an Oberlin error in the home seventh. A sacrifice bunt and groundout later, Xavier Jordan (Springfield/Shawnee) singled up the middle to plate the game-winning run.
Newman was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs score to lead Wilmington’s 13-hit attack. Brandon Arehart (Wilmington), Justus and Jordan contributed two hits each.
Brandon Compton (Troy) went two innings in relief of Luke Teeters (Waverly) to pick up his first win of the season.
Game two followed a similar course, but delivered a different result.
Oberlin scored runs in the second and third innings, and Wilmington responded both times with scoring frames.
The Yeomen went scored once in the fifth and stretched their lead to 6-2 with three runs in the top of the seventh. The Quakers, thought, weren’t ready to go home.
Newman’s one-out single got the home seventh rolling as the Quakers got four straight batters on base.
Two Oberlin errors aided Wilmington’s cause as the Quakers scored four times — the final run on a two-out hit from Dan Conroy (Columbus/Centennial) — to send the game to extra innings tied at 6.
The magic show, however, was over as Oberlin scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth and shut the Quakers down in the bottom.
Bruce Dunlap (Circleville/Logan Elm) led the Quakers with two hits, an RBI and two runs scored. Andrew Snell (Jamestown/Greeneview) had a hit and two RBI.
Gunner Calhoun (Wilmington/Clinton-Massie) started and went six strong innings. The freshman did not factor into the decision.
Wilmington will return to Ohio Athletic Conference play with a doubleheader at Mount Union Saturday.