Bears Fall to Wesleyan in Extra Innings

Reed Jenkins
Reed Jenkins

NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Tanner Fulkerson's two-run homer highlighted a five-run tenth as Wesleyan rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the eighth to beat Coast Guard 9-4 in ten innings in the non-conference game.

Coast Guard took a 4-1 lead on a two-run homer to right by Reed Jenkins, his first career home run, in the bottom of the seventh.

Wesleyan got a run in the eighth on an RBI single by Danny Rose cutting the deficit to 4-2.

Alex Cappitelli led-off the ninth with a double to left field for Wesleyan, before Chase Pratt walked. The duo took advantage of a throwing error to each move up a base, before Cappitelli later scored on ground out. Pratt would score on a wild pitch to tie the game 4-4.

The Bears loaded the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but a line out double played ended the threat and sent the game to extra frames.

In the top of the tenth, Rose walked, Adam Geibel singled and Cappitelli singled to load the bases. Rose would score on a passed ball, before a two-run double by Jonny Corning that was called foul and then changed gave the Cardinals a 7-4 lead. Fulkerson closed out the inning with a two-run homer to left field.

Coast Guard took the early 1-0 lead when Trey Rittenhouse reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch in the first inning. Luke Thompson's RBI single in the second gave the Bears a 2-0 lead.

Wesleyan got on the board in the sixth on an RBI single by Ryan Earle.

PJ Gravalec had a quality start for the Bears going six innings and allowing five hits and an earned run while walking two and fanning six.

Connor Glynn (5-2) was touched for five runs in the tenth to take the loss for the Bears while Jake Alonzo (1-1) got the win in relief.

Coast Guard is back in action on Saturday when the Bears close out the NEWMAC portion of the season with a doubleheader at Clark at 11:00.

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