PHILIPPI, WV (WFIE) - The Kentucky Wesleyan College baseball team rose to the occasion on Sunday, sweeping the Great Midwest Athletic Conference doubleheader against Alderson Broaddus to win the series, 3-1. The Panthers won game one in extras, 9-4, before posting a 15-10 victory in game two.Wesleyan improves to 22-18 on the season and third in the G-MAC at 15-9.
Game 1: KWC 9 – ABU 4 (9 innings)--Lane Kirkland put Wesleyan on the top in the second, belting a two-out two home run for his first home run as a Panther.
The Battlers responded with a pair of home runs in the bottom of the third to take a 3-2 lead but Wesleyan answered back with two runs in the top of the fourth to regain a one-run lead.
Alderson Broaddus scored one run in the bottom of the seventh off of three hits to knot the game at four and send it to extras.
Both teams went three up and three down in the eighth before the Panthers broke open the game with five runs in the ninth off of six hits.
The Battlers put two runners on in the bottom of the ninth but were unable to score any runs.
Chris Johnson threw the first 5.0 innings, striking out six and allowing three runs off of six hits. Joey Lara went 1.0 innings with two strikeouts and one hit. Alex Franzen picked up the win, striking out four and allowing one run off of three hits in 2.0 innings. Curry pitched the final inning, striking out two and holding the Battlers hitless.
Game 2: KWC 15 – ABU 10 (7 innings)--The Panthers held a 5-4 lead after the third inning with Andrews, Curry and Burke each recording RBI doubles and Ellis tabbing a RBI single.
Wesleyan broke open the game with five runs in both the fourth and fifth inning, taking a 15-6 lead. Curry drew a walk with a bases loaded before Ellis smashed a grand slam to left center for his fourth home run in the last 12 games.
The fifth inning saw Burke crush a ball to center for a three-run home run and his seventh of the season. The junior is now tied with John Hill (1983-86) for the career home runs record at Kentucky Wesleyan at 33 home runs.
The Panthers scored two more runs in the fifth off of a sacrifice fly from Ellis and a RBI single up the middle from Ben Wilcoxson.
Alderson Broaddus put up four runs in the bottom of the eighth but the come back was too little too late as Wesleyan won the series final 15-10 to win the series.
Sisson finished game two three-for-four at the plate with three runs scored. Ellis paved the way with six RBI’s with Burke recording two.