CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan baseball picked up a dramatic split with Truett-McConnell on Tuesday evening, dropping game one 5-2 before rebounding with a walk-off 4-3 win in game two.
The Warriors took on Anderson University on Wednesday at Fluor Field at the West End in Greenville and will return home to host Martin Methodist this weekend in a three-game conference series.
The Warriors scored a run in each of the first two innings but a big three-run fourth for Truett-McConnell gave the Bears the 5-2 win. Kirby Alls pitched 5.2 innings in relief for TMC to pick up his second win. Tim O’Callaghan fell to 0-4 after 3.1 innings of work allowing just four hits but was charge with three runs. Two of those runs came in the fourth as reliever Kalin Smith gave up a bases loaded double to bring in all three runs.
SWU got on the board first with a run in the first inning, something they have done quite well all season long. The Warriors have now scored 24 runs in the first inning compared to giving up just three runs in the first. The Bears answered with a run in the second and the Warriors came back with a run in the second.
Tyler Lollis drove in the first run for the Warriors after Mike Hyman led off with a walk and promptly stole second. He moved over to third during Lollis’ at-bat as the pitcher, Oliver, threw the ball into the outfield trying to pick off Hyman at second. In the second it was J.J. Julian who knocked home Matt Arant. Arant had a one-out single earlier in the inning.
The Warriors had all six of their hits in the first three innings, two in each frame before Alls settled in to retire 13 of the next 14 innings, the lone runner to reach was on an error in the seventh. The Bears pounded out nine hits in the game including four each off of O’Callaghan and Kalin Smith.
In game two, Daniel Williams’ second hit was a dramatic one, sending the Warriors to a 4-3 win on Tuesday. The freshman came up with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh and knocked a single between the first and second basemen to bring Tyler Bice home for the winning run. Williams had two of the team’s six hits in the game.
Zack Oberlies kept the Bears at bay in his first start of the season, tossing 5.2 innings and giving up seven hits, three runs and striking out seven. He continually worked out of jams including in the first when he loaded the bases with just one out before battling back to allow just one run. Jordan Finster came in in the sixth to get the final out and pitched the seventh to pick up his second win of the year.
The Warriors again chased TMC’s starter in the second inning as the Bears went to the bullpen to relieve Wyatt Holloway. Holloway walked three in 1.1 innings of work and gave up just one hit. Cody Gable came in for 2.2 innings before giving way to game one’s hero in Kirby Alls. Alls took the loss after giving up two hits and two walks in 2.2 innings of work. Both hits charged to Alls came in the seventh as Bice led off the inning with a single and Williams delivered the game-winner.
Matt Arant and Luke Hostetler each had a base hit and an RBI to go along with Williams’ two RBI. J.J. Julian also had a hit in the game. The Bears had eight hits in the game led by Hayden Fleming and Caleb Hardy’s two hits apiece.