NEW CASTLE, Del. - - A six run second inning helped the Wilmington University baseball team take game two and earn a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference split with Felician on Thursday afternoon at Wilson Field.
The Wildcats (5-1, 5-1 CACC) jumped out first in the opener, scoring single runs in the first three innings. Felician (6-10, 4-2 CACC) answered with five runs in the top of the fourth to swing momentum in their favor.
Dan Hyatt hit a two-out single in the bottom of the first while Dominic Fiorentino reached on a fielder's choice that scored a run in the second. Jack McDonald hit his first collegiate career home run in the bottom of the third inning, launching a ball to right field to make it 3-0.
The Wildcats tried to add on to the lead in the third, as Nic Hertzfeld sent a ball to the gap in left center, but the relay to the plate was able to cut down Shawn Haut who was trying to score from first base to end the inning.
But back came the Falcons in the fourth, scoring five runs on six hits to take the lead.
Felician answered once again off starter Ryan Sandberg in the sixth, however, as a leadoff single turned into runners on first and third with one out. Levis Aguila sent a deep fly ball to left, as Nic Hertzfeld crashed into the fence while making the catch, but the run trotted home for the visitors to regain the 6-5 lead.
The Wildcats left a runner on in the sixth and went down in order in the seventh, dropping the first game, 6-5.
Fiorentino, Ivy, Hyatt, McDonald, Shawn Haut, and Hertzfeld all had one hit while Ivy led the team with two RBI.
Ryan Sandberg allowing six runs on 11 hits, striking out six batters in six innings of work.
Felician leadoff man Michael Martinez sent the first pitch of the game over the batter's eye in center for a solo homer, but then it was all Wilmington from there, including a six-run second inning that set the tone.
Starting with two outs and the bases empty, Nic Hertzfeld singled back through the middle to start a rally. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases and Dominic Fiorentino was hit by a pitch to tie the game, 1-1. Brock Nowell stepped in and sent a 3-1 pitch over the scoreboard in right for a grand slam, his first homer of the season.
But the Wildcats weren't done yet, as Quintin Ivy then sent a hanging curveball over the wall in left center for back-to-back jacks and the 6-1 lead.
Ivy and Dan Hyatt then hit two-out RBI singles in the fourth to pad the lead, 8-1.
Martinez hit another homer in the fifth and another three-run homer in the seventh brought the final score to 8-5, but Danny Sullivan struck out the final two batters of the game to secure the win.
The Wildcats travel to Post on Saturday for another CACC doubleheader. The first pitch in Waterbury, Connecticut is set for 12:00 p.m.