The Texas Wesleyan baseball team competed on March 23 and 24 against Wiley College in Marshall, Texas. The Rams swept the Wildcats in a three-game series 5-1, 4-2 and 4-3.
The Rams started behind in the first game on Friday. The first inning ended with the Wildcats ahead 1-0. Wesleyan remained scoreless until the fourth inning when the Rams took a 2-1 lead.
The Rams took off in the eighth inning. Joseph Lassiter, senior second baseman and outfielder, hit a single to give the Rams a 3-1 lead.
Justin Barnes, senior first baseman and outfielder, also contributed a single hit along with Joel Horton, freshman shortstop, securing the win for the Rams 5-1.
Dillon Wilson, senior pitcher, was pleased with the team’s performance.
“We played like a team and did the small things right when we needed to score runs, and the pitchers threw strikes and kept the other team’s hitters off balance,” Wilson said.
Alex Padilla, junior catcher, said the first game started off well.
“We started off well, then we kind of fell asleep but picked it up and found a way to win,” Padilla said. “Then in the second game, we picked up where we left off from the first game.”
The next two games were played March 24. The first game began early for the Rams. In the second inning Brian White, junior catcher, hit a home run giving the Rams a 2-0 lead.
The Rams kept up their defense and scored two more runs in the fifth, putting the score up 4-0, with the help of Barnes and Stephen Niedwiecki, senior first baseman.
Wiley scored two runs in the fifth as well but never got the lead. The Rams won 4-2.
Derek Vaughn, junior pitcher, said the team has started to play together.
“We have been playing as one complete entity and playing more balanced in all aspects of the game,” Vaughn said.
The last game of the weekend started with Padilla hitting a single giving Wesleyan a 1-0 lead.
Wiley came with three runs in the third inning taking the lead 3-2, but Christina Soberanes, senior shortstop, tied the game for the Rams in the fifth inning 3-3.
The Rams continued to battle with the Wildcats until the eighth inning when Lassiter hit a single to give the Rams a 4-3 lead that finished the game.
Padilla said the team can continue to improve.
“We just need to be more consistent in hitting and can’t take innings off,” Padilla said.
Wilson said the team chemistry is coming along great as well.
“We all get along and back each other up and try to help each other out if someone struggles; we are a family,” Wilson said.
The Rams will play again at 2 p.m. March 30 and at noon March 31 against Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla.