CEDARVILLE, OH (WFIE) - The Kentucky Wesleyan College baseball swept posted a Saturday sweep, defeating Cedarville University 8-0 and 5-3 in a pair of Great Midwest Athletic Conference games. With the wins, the Panthers are back at .500 on the season and improve to 12-8 in conference play.
Game 1: KWC 8 – CED 0 (7 innings)--Wesleyan took advantage of a pair of Cedarville errors in the top of the first to plate their first run of the game. Chase Andrews extended the lead to 3-0 in the third with a two-run home run to left field, his team-leading fifth home run of the season.
The Panthers scored three more in the sixth and seventh on a bases loaded hit by pitch and a pair of wild pitches with a runner on third.
Devin Smith had yet another stellar outing for his fifth win of the season. The reigning G-MAC Pitcher of the Week took a no hitter into the sixth. Smith went the distance, matching a season-high of 10 strikeouts from last week.
Game 2: KWC 5 – CED 3--The Yellow Jackets struck first in game two, plating two runs in the bottom of the second off of three hits.
After a scoreless third, Wesleyan responded with three runs in the fourth to regain a one-run lead. With two on and one out, Brayden Sisson belted his fourth home run of the season, a three-run shot to left field.
With runners on the corners and one out in the sixth, Lane Kennemore laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring Wilcoxson to extend Wesleyan's lead to two.
Andrews laced a single to center field in the top of the eighth, driving in Kennemore for the Panthers fifth and final run. Cedarville led off the bottom of the frame with a triple that eventually scored, making it a two-run game once again. The winning run stepped to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth but a ground out ended the game.
Mitchell Jones picked up his second win of the season, striking out four and allowing two runs off of five hits in 5.0 innings. Bo Robison threw 1.0 inning, holding Cedarville scoreless with one hit and one strikeout. Nolan Johnson went 2.0 innings, striking out three and allowing one run off of two hits. Alex Franzen posted his fifth save of the season, striking out two and allowing two hits in the final inning.
The Panthers have a busy week ahead with five road games and one home game. Wesleyan heads to Southern Indiana on Tuesday before hosting Oakland City University on Wednesday. The Panthers then return to conference action, travelling to West Virginia to take on Alderson Broaddus in a four-game series starting on Friday.