Anderson, SC – Southern Wesleyan defeated the Anderson University Trojans in an 8-4 on Wednesday afternoon.
The Warriors posted 16 hits in the victory over the Trojans. Conner Ewing led the team with four hits. Ewing was followed by four Warriors with two hits apiece. John Garrett, Ewing, Trey Matthews, Devin Patrick and Noah Fritz all had doubles in victory. Quinton Bent hit his second home run of the season. Fritz led the team with four of the Warriors seven RBIs of the game. Patrick had the lone walk for Southern Wesleyan. Jesse Getford posted a stolen base.
Southern Wesleyan posted five strikeouts during the game. Tyler Rio started the game versus the Trojans and pitched 5.1 innings while striking out three and allowing six hits. Vinny Adams and Kyle Cook-McCrary came in to pitch in relief. Cook-McCrary took home the win after going 3.1 innings.
Final: Southern Wesleyan 8, Anderson 4
Records: Southern Wesleyan (6-2) Anderson (2-4)
Coach Gillespie says…
"We had a total team effort today. Tyler Rio gave us a quality start and our guys responded when Anderson tied the game in the 6th. Leading the entire game, then having them tie it up and us responding in the 7th was great to see. Really proud of the way we played in the field and our bullpen responding. Excited to get back home this weekend for our last non-conference series."
How It Happened
Southern Wesleyan struck first in the top of the first inning. John Garrett led off the inning with a double to left field. A single by Andrew Falgiano allowed Garrett to reach third. However, an error on the shortstop allowed Garrett to come home and score and give the Warriors a 1-0 lead.
Trey Matthews led off the top of the first inning with a single to the left field. Matthews advanced to third on a double to center field by Devin Patrick. Noah Fritz hit a sacrifice fly to left field to bring Matthews home and put Southern Wesleyan up 2-0.
In the top of the sixth inning, Trey Matthews doubled to left center and then advanced to third on a single through the right side by Devin Patrick. With runners at the corners, Noah Fritz reached first on a fielder's choice that got Patrick out, however Matthews was able to cross home plate. Anderson countered in the bottom of the sixth inning. Several well time singles allowed the Trojans to tie the game 3-3.
The Warriors regained the lead in the top of the seventh inning. Jesse Getford reached first base when he was hit by a pitch, and then advanced to second when Julio Justo hit a single to right field. On a wild pitch, Getford advanced to third, but Justo was caught stealing. Conner Ewing hit a single through the right side to bring Getford home. A single to right center by Quinton Bent allowed Ewing to advance to second base. Devin Patrick walked to load the bases and bring up Noah Fritz. Fritz doubled down the left field line to bring home Patrick, Bent and Ewing and put the Warriors up 7-3.
Quinton Bent hit his second home run of the season in the top of the ninth. The Trojans countered in the bottom of the ninth, but Kyle Cook-McCrary was able to shut them down to give the Warriors an 8-4 victory.
Southern Wesleyan will return to their home field on Friday, February 16 as they take on the University of Virginia-Wise Cavaliers in a three game series that will conclude on February 17. They will remain at home on February 20 and 21 as they take on Piedmont International.