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Four Run Eighth Inning Pushes Wilmington Baseball Past Bloomsburg

Four Run Eighth Inning Pushes Wilmington Baseball Past Bloomsburg

A four run eighth inning was the different for the Wilmington University baseball team as it defeated Bloomsburg, 8-4, in nonconference action on Tuesday afternoon played at Harford CC's Sports Complex.

The bats awoke in the bottom of the eighth to break a 4-4 tie, as the Wildcats (6-6) scored four runs on five hits to win the game. Josh Swirchak came through with a two-run single in the inning, finishing the day 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBI in his first game back from injury. The Wildcats also received homers from Frank Samluk and Matt Lopes in the game.

Bloomsburg (3-3) answered every Wildcats' scoring inning with runs of their own, tying the game 1-1 in the top of the second, and taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth. After the Wildcats regained the lead, 4-3, in the bottom of the fourth on back-to-back homers to lead off the inning, the Huskies tied the game in the top of the seventh with an unearned run.

Kyle Menchaca shut down Bloomsburg in the top of the eighth inning, allowing the Wildcats to put four runs on the board on five hits in the home half of the eighth. The inning started with a Samluk single, but he was soon standing on third base with two outs. Tyler Hawthorne came on as a pinch hitter, bringing in Samluk with an RBI single to start the scoring.

Now with the bases loaded, Swirchak chased two more home with a single, scoring Sean Feeney and Tory Manfre. Sam Goines followed suite with another RBI single, scoring Jon Castro from third.

Peter Monahan relieved Menchaca in the ninth and retired the Huskies in order, picking up a strikeout to end the game and bring the Wildcats back to .500 on the season.

The offense produced a season high 15 hits on Tuesday, led by Lopes who batted 3-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. Swirchak, Goines, and Samluk tallied two hits each while Feeney, Castro, Mike Annone, Christian Adorno, Jesse Long, and Hawthorne rounded out the hits with one apiece.

Menchaca earned his first collegiate victory by pitching a scoreless eighth inning while the Huskies' Jared Shaffer was saddled with the loss in giving up the first run of the Wildcats' four run eighth.

The Wildcats are back in action tomorrow afternoon as their game against Shippensburg has been moved up a day. The Wildcats will now head to Shippensburg for a 3 p.m. game while their contest against Millersville has been postponed.