MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- Wesleyan rallied from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the bottom of the 8th to take a 5-4 win in the opener, then scored five runs in the first inning of the nightcap to take control and go on for a 7-2 victory to sweep the Bates baseball team Sunday in cross-over NESCAC non-conference baseball action.
Steve Moran drove in the tying and go-ahead runs for Wesleyan in the bottom of the 8th with a slicing liner to right field with the bases loaded and one out. The first run of the inning scored on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Then after an intentional walk and a fielder's choice out at home, Moran delivered what proved to be the game-winning hit. Pitcher Nick Cooney, who came in to start the 6th inning for Wesleyan, got the win in relief, going four innings while allowing just one hit with five strikeouts, rising to 4-0. Cooney did walk the bases loaded in the ninth inning with one out, but a line drive double play to second base ended the game.
Six of the nine hits by Bates in the game went for extra bases. Two of them came during a three-run 3rd inning, as sophomore Rockwell Jackson (Fort Worth, Texas) unloaded an RBI triple to make it 1-0, then scored on a double by junior Griff Tewskbury (Concord, N.H.). Tewskbury then scored on a single up the middle by junior Kevin Davis (North Andover, Mass.). Wesleyan cut the difference to 3-2 when Jon Dennett and Moran both got RBI singles in the 4th. Bates then made it 4-2 in the 5th on doubles by Jackson and senior Ryan Sonberg (Windsor, Conn.).
Sonberg, Jackson and Davis all had two hits for Bates. Moran and Guy Davidson had a pair of hits for Wesleyan. Junior Tom Baroni (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) pitched seven effective innings for the Bobcats, giving up six hits and only one earned run. He struck out four and walked none, leaving the game with a 4-2 lead.
Wesleyan sent 10 men to the plate in the 1st inning of game two to plate five runs. Donnie Cimino started things off with a two-run double to give the Cardinals the lead for good. Davidson, Moran and Ben Hoynes all added RBI singles in the frame to complete the scoring.
Bates got no closer than four runs, at 6-2 before Wesleyan got the game's final run in the 6th. Davis again had two hits for Bates and the lone RBI in the game. For Wesleyan, Moran had another two-hit game as well along with Dennett.
Freshman Kai Kirk got the win in relief for Wesleyan , throwing 4-1/3 innings of two-hit ball and yielding just one unearned run, as he upped his seasonal record to 3-1. Junior righthander Dean Bonneau (Amherst, Mass.) took the loss for Bates.
It was the first meeting between Wesleyan and Bates on the diamond since 2009.