The Wilmington University baseball team extended their winning streak to two games as the team defeated the Florida National University Conquistadors 10-7 on Friday at Mainieri Field in Miami Gardens, Florida.
As runs batted in ( RBIs) goes, there were six Wilmington hitters who hit RBIs and they were redshirt senior DH Brad Scull (1), senior left fielder Luke Johnson (2),senior catcher Frank Nigro (1),redshirt junior shortstop Dan Hyatt (3), redshirt sophomore right fielder Quintin Ivy (1)and redshirt sophmore third baseman Brett Nowell (1).
Seven WilmU players had runs in the win and they were redshirt junior center fielder Julian Kurych (2), redshirt senior second baseman Max Carney (2), Senior first baseman Kendall Small (2), Scull (1), Johnson (1), freshman catcher Mitchell Leslie (1) and Nigro (1).
Six Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were Carney (4), Small (2),Scull (1), Johnson (1), Leslie (2) and Hyatt (2).
On the pitching side, the Wildcats had six pitchers come to the mound in their 10-7 win and it started off with red shirt sophomore Tyler Campbell who struggled as he went 3.2 innings, three hits,five runs,two earned runs,three walks and two strikeouts.
The pitcher who earned the win for the Wildcats was redshirt senior Matt Frost who went 1.2 innings, two hits,one run,one walk and one strikeout.
Senior Justin Mears would come in to close the game as he went one inning, three strikeouts and earned the save in the game.
FNU Scores Two In Second Inning To Take The Lead
The scoreboard did not light up with runs on the board till the second inning when both teams scored in the inning.
In the top of the second, Jorge Hernandez would double to center field which would score Stephan G. Perez Collazo and Jorge Carreroto to give the Conquistadors a 2-0 lead.
The Wildcats would answer back in the bottom of the second, as Dan Hyatt hit a double down the right field line which would score Mitchell Leslie to decrease the Conquistadors lead to 2-1.
Conquistadors Score Three In Fourth Inning To Add To Lead
The Conquistadors would add three runs in the top of fourth inning and two of the runs were thanks to a Wilmington fielding error.
FNU’s Jasiel Perez would reach first base by a WilmU fielding error which allowed Lazaro Lapeira and Stephan G. Perez Collazo to score to give their team a 4-1 lead.
After the Conquistadors scored two runs, Wilmington’s starting pitcher Tyler Campbell day was done as he went 3.2 innings, three hits,five runs,two earned runs,three walks and two strikeouts. Freshman pitcher Rich Albrecht would take over for Campbell in the game.
Perez would advance to third base on a wild pitch and then he would score on another wild pitch to give the Conquistadors a 5-1 lead.
Wildcats Show Some Life In Bottom Of The Fifth
In the top fifth inning, the Conquistadors would continue to add to their lead by taking advantage of WilmU’s mistakes.
FNU’s Ezequiel Valdez would advance to second base on a wild pitch and his teammate David Sarmento would score on a wild pitch to increase their team’s lead to 6-1.
After this run, Rich Albrecht day would be over as he went 0.2 innings,one run, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout. Matt Frost would take over for Albrecht in the game.
The Wildcats clawed their way back in the game in the bottom of the fifth as the team scored three runs to shrink the lead to 6-4.
The first run came from Kendall Small who hit a single to the right side which allowed Julian Kurych to score to decrease FNU’s lead to 6-2.
The second run came from Luke Johnson who hit a two out single up the middle which allowed Small to score to decrease the Conquistadors lead to 6-3.
The last run of the inning came from Dan Hyatt who hit a single to the right which scored Johnson to decrease FNU’s lead to 6-4.
Wildcats Score Five Runs To Take The Lead
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the bats would continue to heat up as the team would score five runs in the inning.
The first run in the inning came for Brad Scull who would hit a single up the middle which would score Julian Kurych to decrease the Conquistadors lead to 6-5.
The tying run of the game came from Frank Nigro who would walk in a run as Max Carney would score to tie it up at six runs.
The next run would come from Dan Hyatt who would also walk in a run as Kendall Small would score to give the Wildcats their first lead of the game at 7-6.
The fourth run came from Quintin Ivy who was the third straight batter to walk in a run as Scull scored to give the Wildcats a 8-6 lead.
The last run of the inning came from Brett Nowell who was the fourth straight Wildcat hitter to walk in a run as Nigro would score to increase their team’s lead to 9-6.
Both Teams Add a Run In Seventh Inning
The Conquistadors hitters ended their silence in the top of the seventh inning when Marcel Lopez hit a single to left field which scored Jasiel Perez to decrease Wilmington’s lead to 9-7.
Then after a FNU base runner stole second base and Wilmington’s Matt Frost walked a batter, Frost’s day was done as he went 1.2 innings, two hits,one run,one walk, one strikeout and earned the win. Junior Mike Cottrell would come in for Frost in the seventh inning.
In the bottom of seventh inning, Wilmington would answer back with Luke Johnson getting hit by a pitch which would score Max Carney to increase WilmU’s lead to 10-7.
In the top of the eight inning, Cottrell day would be done as he went one inning, one hit and one strikeout.
Redshirt senior Zach Frederick would come in for Cottrell as he went one inning and one hit.
Justin Mears would close it out in the ninth as he struck the side out to seal Wilmington’s 10-7 comeback win.
Mears went one inning, three strikeouts and earned the save in the game.
Wilmington stays on the road to take on Queens (N.Y.) at Barry University on March 9th at 10:00 am ET.