Phoenix Capture First Home Wins
Wilson College’s baseball team played their first home games in program history on Sunday March 24, 2019, as they went up against the Nittany Lions of Penn State Hazleton in a non-conference doubleheader. The Phoenix (6-4, 0-0 CSAC) beat the Nittany Lions (1-9, 0-0 PSUAC) in both games with scores of 11-2 and 11-4.
In game one freshman Kevin Ehrman ’22 took the mound and immediately threw a dominant shutout inning in the top of the first. Wilson came up to hit in the bottom of the first. Wilson’s leadoff man, Juan Rosario ’22, got it started with a single to center. Rosario later came in to score on a passed ball, giving them the first run of the game, putting the Phoenix up 1-0. Later in that inning Nick Quinn ’22 came up to hit and walked, he later came into score on a wild pitch that gave Wilson a 2-0 lead.
Ehrman would continue the great pitching performance and retire three consecutive batters in the top of the second inning. In the bottom of the second inning, Eric Holz ’22 lead it off with a single to center, later going on to be driven in by catcher, Kevin Finn ’22, with a single to center bringing their lead to 3-0. The Phoenix went on to plate five more runs in the bottom of the second and that extended their lead to 8-0.
The action picked up again in the top of the fifth inning. Penn State Hazleton was able to score two runs on a single to right field and that made the score 9-2. In the bottom of the inning, the Phoenix were able to respond and gain a run back, when Zach Runk ’21, got on base with a fielder’s choice. That ended up bringing the score up to 10-2. Wilson would go on to capture the victory with a score of 11-2.
Game two started with Penn State Hazleton swinging first. They scored two runs because of a fielding error by Wilson, giving Hazleton the lead of 2-0 to start the game. The Phoenix came up to hit in the bottom of the inning and answered right away. Rosario hit a double into left field and would be driven in a couple of batters later. On three hits in the inning, Wilson was able to score five runs. This gave Wilson the lead of 5-2 at the end of the inning.
Going into the bottom of the third, Wilson had the lead of 7-2 that went on to extend the lead later in that inning. To start the bottom of the third, three batters got on base to load the bases. Eduardo Rosado ’22 came in to score, extending the lead for Wilson 8-2. Later in the inning Rosario brought in two more runs with a base hit. Wilson was able to go on and extend their lead to 11-2. Wilson eventually went on to win the ball game with a score of 11-4. Wilson secured a doubleheader sweep, giving them two victories for the first two home games ever played on historic Henninger Field.