KWC Baseball Falls to Tiffin in GMAC Championship; Season Ends with 30 Wins

KWC Baseball Falls to Tiffin in GMAC Championship; Season Ends with 30 Wins

MASON, OH (WFIE) - The Kentucky Wesleyan College baseball team saw its 2019 postseason run come to an end on Saturday afternoon, falling to Tiffin University by a tally of 9-6. Wesleyan once trailed 8-0 and scored six straight runs to make it 8-6 in the eighth but the come back fell just short in the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championship.

At the end of the third, the Dragons led 8-0 after a seven run, six hit inning in the bottom of the third. The Panthers clawed back, putting four runs on the board in the top of the fourth.

Ethan Maxey led off the inning with a hit by pitch and moved to third on a double from Lane Kirkland. Reece Puckett drove in Maxey with a sacrifice fly to center field, putting the Panthers on the board with their first run of the game. Lane Kennemore reached safely on an error, allowing Kirkland to score from third.

Ben Wilcoxson laid down a bunt single, putting two runners on with one out. Joseph Burke and Chase Andrews went back-to-back with one-run singles, capping off the four-run inning and cutting the deficit to four.

Wesleyan's bullpen quieted Tiffin's offense over the next four frames, holding them to just two hits.

A two-out single from Ian Ellis put two runners on in the top of the eighth. Maxey was hit by a pitch once again, loading the bases for the Panthers. Kirkland delivered a single to shallow right field, driving in pinch runner Kiah Gledhill and Ellis from second, making it a two-run ball game. Wesleyan had the game tying run at the plate in the top of the eight, but were unable to complete the comeback.

The Panthers recorded 16 hits, 15 of which were singles but stranded 15 runners on the day. Kirkland finished four-for-five at the plate with two runs driven in and one run scored. Burke went three-for-six while Wilcoxson and Andrews recorded two hits. Wilcoxson finishes the season with a 19 game hitting streak.

Devin Smith suffered his first loss of the season on the mound, going 2.0 innings with four runs and two hits on short rest. Nolan Johnson went 0.2 innings, allowing four runs off of two hits. Benton McGill faced three batters in 0.1 innings, holding the Dragons scoreless with two hits.

Ryan Hundley threw 4.0 innings, also holding Tiffin scoreless with two hits and two strikeouts. Joey Lara went the final 1.0 innings, allowing one run off of two hits.

The Panthers finish the season at 30-22, reaching 30 wins for the eighth time in program history and the fifth time in six seasons under Head Coach Todd Lillpop.

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