Wesleyan scores two in the eighth to claim 4-2 victory over Western

Wesleyan scores two in the eighth to claim 4-2 victory over Western
From the desk of Brian Katten - Wesleyan SID

MIDDLETOWN, CT - Homestanding Wesleyan got back-to-back doubles from seniors Sam Goodwin-Boyd and Jon Dennett to lead off the bottom of the 8th inning as Dennett got the game-winning RBI, breaking a 2-2 tie with Western Connecticut, before scoring on a squeeze bunt by sophomore Ellis Schaefer to make it 4-2.  Senior righty Sam Elias, who had entered the game to get the last two outs in the top of the 8th, struck out the side in the 9th to up his record to 4-0 on the year and improved Wesleyan baseball to 13-4 on the season with its sixth win in a row here today.  Western fell to 9-5 and had its eight-game win streak snapped.
It was just the eighth all-time meeting of the squads as Wesleyan now stands 6-1-1 vs. Western Conn.
The Colonials got two RBI from junior Matt Greene as Western Conn. never trailed until the 8th.  Greene lofted a sacrifice fly to center in the 1st inning to bring home sophomore EJ Lavoie, who walked with one out and went to third base on a single to right by junior Chris Callahan.  That lead held up until the 5th when the Cardinals evened the count at 1-1 without a hit, using two walks, an error and a wild pitch to score an unearned run off freshman starter Corey Brosz, making just his second career appearance.  He went 6.0 innings, allowing only two hits and the unearned run with four walks and four strikeouts.
Western went right back in front in the top of the 6th when Greene stroked a doubled into the right-center field gap, plating Callahan, who had reached on a fielder's choice.  The lead held until the 7th when Cardinal senior Donnie Cimino smacked a double to left center, scoring sophomore Eric Jones, who walked and stole second.
The Colonials used four pitchers in the game with the third, senior Alex Roger, absorbing the loss as he yielded the doubles to  Goodwin-Boyd, who hit the fence on the fly with his liner, and Dennett, who sent a hard grounder over the third-base bag.  Roger had entered to get the last out in the 7th.
Wesleyan got a quality start from sophomore Peter Rantz, who went 6.0 innings, giving up six hits and two runs with two walks and a pair of strikeouts.
Wesleyan, ranked 30th nationally in Division  III and tied for second in New England, plays at home against Bowdoin in a double-header Sat., April 11 in its next start.  Western, tied for eighth in the New England rankings, is right back on the field Thurs., April 9, facing Albertus Magnus in a twin-bill at West Haven High.