The Wells College baseball team made its first appearance in the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs and won a first-round game at Penn College on Tuesday, May 7. The Express broke through with five runs in the top of the third and went on to an 8-3 victory.
The Express advances to this weekend's NEAC Championship, a double-elimination tournament for the four remaining teams hosted by top-seeded Keuka College. Details on the site and schedule will be available Wednesday.
Penn College took the lead with a single run in the bottom of the second before Wells had a big inning to go ahead. In the top of the third, Wells scored five runs on four hits and Penn College committed three errors. Anthony Aumick had a leadoff single and went to third on an error. Tanner Dunkel's sac fly brought home Aumick to tie the game. Back-to-back singles from Kevin Spaeth and Jordan VanHerpe put two runners aboard Derek Shea doubled to give Wells a 2-1 lead. After a strikeout, a grounder from Mark Yorkey was misplayed and both runners scored. A.J. Nesci reached on another error and Yorkey scored the fifth Wells run.
The Express added single runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. Spaeth scored on a passed ball in the fourth. Aumick doubled home Nesci in the fifth, and a sac fly from Yorkey in the sixth scored Spaeth.
Zach Kemp started for Wells and earned the victory to improve to 6-4 on the year. He pitched effectively over six innings allowing seven hits and two runs, one earned, with two strikeouts and no walks. Alexander Mott came on in the bottom of the seventh and worked three solid innings with four hits allowed and one earned run in the bottom of the ninth. He earned his second save of the season with one strikeout and no walks.
Wells extended its program-best single-season wins total to 17 and has a 17-20 overall record on the year. Penn College, which finished fourth in the NEAC standings, is 14-22 overall.