WILMINGTON, Ohio – Otterbein University erased a five-run deficit to defeat the Wilmington College baseball team 15-6 in the final game of an Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) series at Tewksbury-Delaney Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Fightin' Quakers opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Jesse Reliford singled home Tyler Shaneyfelt. After neither team scored in the second, Wilmington extended its lead with four runs to go along with three Cardinal errors. Caleb Scott tallied a two-RBI single scoring Reliford and Owen Baumann while Evan Kelsey doubled to right field scoring Aaron Burn. Luke Kleindl, thanks to a sacrifice fly, scored Scott for the other Wilmington run.
Otterbein got all of it back and more in the top of the fourth, however, as the Cardinals batted around by sending 13 runners to the plate. In total, the visitors scored nine runs on seven hits to take a 9-5 lead. Wilmington got one run back in the bottom of the inning, but Otterbein plated three more in the fifth to put the game away.
In total, 10 pitchers were used between both teams. Shaneyfelt took the loss for Wilmington while Ethan Doty won his second game of the year for Otterbein. Each side also had two pitchers not surrender a run – Kaleb Stines and Ryan Townsend for the Quakers as well as Nick Meyer and Nicky Zorne for the Cardinals.
Shaneyfelt led the for Wilmington offensively from the lead-off spot, turning in a 4-of-5 performance with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base. Reliford and Kelsey also had multi-hit games.
Brayden Carter and Noah Sprowls each had three-hit contests for Otterbein with Sprowls leading the way with four RBIs. Adam Stotler drew a squad-best four walks for the Cardinals.
Wilmington (3-15, 2-12 OAC) will face Ohio Northern University in a four-game series this weekend.