Central, S.C. – Southern Wesleyan scores early to claim an 11-5 victory over the Truett-McConnell Bears on Wednesday evening.
The Warriors posted seven hits in the win over the bears with senior DiMarkus Sanders leading the team with three hits. Drew Carson posted a double during the game. Sanders went on to lead the team in RBIs with three. He was followed by Carson with two. Three Warriors posted two runs in the game. Carson led the team with three walks during the game. Fellow senior Avery Mahon followed him with two walks in the victory.
Jordan Finster started the game against the Bears. Finster went 7.0 innings while striking out one and allowing ten his. JJ Julian and Josh Core came in to pitch in relief. They struck out a combined three batters while allowing no hits.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 11, Truett-McConnell 5
Records: Southern Wesleyan (13-33), Truett-McConnell (25-21)
Coach Gillespie Says…
"Good win tonight after a tough loss yesterday to Anderson. We caught an early lead and held on for a good win. We didn't have the hit barrage you would expect from scoring 11 runs, but we were disciplined at the plate and took some walks they gave us. We pitched well and played another good game in the field."
How It Happened
The Truett-McConnell Bears struck first in the game to take a 1-0 lead over the Warriors in the top of the first inning. However, the Warriors countered in the bottom of the inning. DiMarkus Sanders led off with a single to shortstop, and then advanced to second on a single by Andrew Falgiano to right field. With two runners on, Conner Ewing walked to load the bases and bring Alec Hrynda up to bat. Hrynda walked in the first run for the Warriors to tie the game 1-1. A wild pitch to Avery Mahon allowed Falgiano to come home to score. Mahon went on to walk to load the bases once again and bring Drew Carson up to bat. Ball fours to Carson and Izzy Martinez brought in two more runs for the Warriors and give the Warriors a 5-1 lead. John Garrett was hit by a pitch to bring Mahon home. The Bears made a pitching change to face DiMarkus Sanders for the second time of the inning. Sanders hit a single to shortstop to bring home Carson, and then an error by the first baseman allowed Martinez to come up to give the Warriors a 8-1 lead over the Bears.
The Warriors scored again in the bottom of the third inning. Drew Carson walked with two outs to start off for Southern Wesleyan. Izzy Martinez was hit by a pitch to move Carson to second base. John Garrett followed with a walk to load the bases and bring DiMarkus Sanders up to bat. Sanders singled to center field to bring Martinez and Carson home and give the Warriors a 10-1 lead.
The Bears scored four runs in the top of the sixth inning on an RBI single and a three run home run to cut the Warriors lead by half and bring the score to 10-5. Southern Wesleyan countered to take an 11-5 run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alec Hrynda singled to left field and then came home to score on a double by Drew Carson. Southern Wesleyan won the game in an 11-5 final.
The Warriors will wrap up their regular season on April 21 and 22 in a three game series against the Emmanuel College Lions. Senior night will be held on April 21 with festivities starting at 5:40 and first pitch scheduled for 6 pm. On April 22, the Warriors will celebrate Daniel's Day to bring awareness to ULF Awareness and Alexander's Disease during Southern Wesleyan's final Kid's Day of the year. Alumni Day will also be held on April 22.