The Wells College baseball team split a home doubleheader against visiting SUNY Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, April 8 at the Wells Turf Field. Wells won the opening game 6-0 behind a stellar pitching performance from Zach Kemp. SUNY Poly came back to take the second game 8-4.
Both teams picked up their first conference wins of the season in their second NEAC series of the 2017 campaign. Wells is 5-13 overall and 1-3 in the NEAC. SUNY Poly is 2-16 overall and 1-3 in the NEAC.
Wells is back in action Monday, April 10 at home against Cazenovia College for a NEAC doubleheader beginning at 3:45 p.m.
Wells 6, SUNY Poly 0
Zach Kemp dominated over seven shutout innings. He allowed just two hits and one walk with four strikeouts. He retired SUNY Poly in order in the first four innings. The first baserunner came when a batter was hit by a pitch with two outs in the fifth, and Kemp allowed a single to the next hitter. The reigning NEAC Pitcher of the Week earned his second-straight win.
The run support came on an unearned run in the second, and a three-run rally in the third. Brandon Shirley, Dylan Nolan, and Mike Diehr delivered run-scoring hits in the third inning. Wells added two in the sixth inning on an RBI hit from Anthony Aumick and a sac fly by Shirley. Aumick had three hits for Wells and A.J. Nesci and Brandon Shirley each had two hits.
SUNY Poly 8, Wells 4
Wells took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third when Brandon Shirley delivered an RBI double and Dylan Nolan followed with a run-scoring single. SUNY Poly scored one in the fourth and three in the fifth to re-take the lead and Wells trailed the rest of the way.
The visiting Wildcats took advantage of six Wells errors in the second game of the doubleheader. Wells starter Aaron Wintermute pitched 4-plus innings and allowed 10 hits and five runs (four earned). He had three strikeouts. Jared Bieber was effective in four innings of relief work with just two hits and one unearned run allowed. Christian Jorden pitched the ninth.
Nolan had two hits to pace the Wells offense.