Big Innings Send CNU to Twinbill Sweep of NCWC

Jake Alexander
Jake Alexander

Newport News, Va. - The Captains of Christopher Newport earned a twinbill sweep of North Carolina Wesleyan in Sunday's USA South baseball action, downing the Bishops by 11-4 and 10-2 scores, respectively. CNU erased a late 2-1 deficit in game one by plating ten runs in the seventh inning, while the nightcap saw the Captains put up a five-spot in the second and four-spot in the third.

In the opener, NCWC hurler Brandon Roberts kept the 3rd-ranked Captains in check offensively as he allowed just one run on three hits over the first six complete.  The Bishops had given him an early 2-0 lead thanks to a two-run single by junior Jake Alexander in the third.

The seventh inning, however, belonged to the Captains. CNU sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame, scoring ten runs on eight hits and an error. Roberts (4-3) was tagged for five of those runs en route to the loss.

Wesleyan plated a pair of runs in the ninth for the 11-4 final. Andre' Nichols tallied and RBI and finished the game 3-for-5, while Alexander also drove in another run. 

CNU (19-4, 6-2 USA South) hurler Greg Goldsmith (3-1) earned the win in a complete-game effort, allowing four runs (two earned) on ten hits and striking out four.

The nightcap was dominated by the Captains as CNU opened up a 10-0 lead after five. The Captains chased Wesleyan starter Kaleb Wessell (1-5) after 1 1/3 innings, although relievers Justin Shearin and Paden Dietrich performed well in relief, combining to allow just one run on seven hits over the final 5 2/3 innings.

Offensively, senior Pat Laffin went 2-for-3 with an RBI, and sophomore Will Beasley also had a pair of hits. Freshman Brad Guengerich drove in Wesleyan's second run.

Wesleyan (14-17, 2-6 USA South) returns to the friendly confines of Bauer Field on Wednesday when Hampden-Syndey visits Rocky Mount for a 3:30pm contest.