Baseball Falls to Alvernia (Pa.) in Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic Game

Sophomore outfielder Dudley Taw (Photo courtesy of Alec Palmer)
Sophomore outfielder Dudley Taw (Photo courtesy of Alec Palmer)

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Baldwin Wallace University baseball team could not complete the comeback in an 8-6 loss to Alvernia (Pa.) University in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic at the Lee County Player Development Complex.

Alvernia (5-3) got out to an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning but the Yellow Jackets (8-2) were able to knot the game up at 1-1 in the second inning when sophomore outfielder Dudley Taw (Sheffield Lake/Brookside) came around to score on a fielder's choice by junior Academic All-OAC outfielder Reese Albright (Parma/North Royalton). The Golden Wolves added two more runs in the third for a 3-1 lead. BW would score one run in the bottom half of the inning when senior All-OAC infielder Spencer Badia (Bellaire) singled through the left side to bring home sophomore infielder Jacob Bonner (Akron/Archbishop Hoban).

However, Alvernia used a pair of two-run home runs to eventually take a 7-3 lead before adding one more run in the top of the sixth inning. BW attempted to make a comeback as junior first baseman Philip Wells (Buffalo, N.Y./St. Joseph's Collegiate) singled home freshman utility player Alex Ludwick (Brunswick/Padua Franciscan) followed by a fielder's choice from junior catcher Asa Adams (Sarver, Pa./Knoch) that scored Albright, bringing the Yellow Jackets within three runs of the lead. Senior All-OAC outfielder Alex Marcum would lead things off in the bottom of the seventh with a home run, cutting the Golden Wolves' lead down to 8-6, but the attempt at another comeback would fall short in that inning as Alvernia held BW scoreless in the final two innings.

Marcum led BW offensively with a 4-for-5 day with one RBI and scoring one run. Taw was the only other Yellow Jacket with a multi-hit performance as he went 2-for-4 at the plate.

On the mound, junior right-handed pitcher Danny Cody (Medina/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) threw five innings, giving up five hits, two walks and four earned runs while punching out six batters. Junior left-handed pitcher Jack Raines (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) pitched four innings in relief, giving up five hits and three earned runs in the loss.

BW will have a quick turnaround when the Yellow Jackets take on the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford in the Gene Cusic Collegiate Classic on Thursday, March 8, at 9 a.m. at Terry Park #3.

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