The Texas Wesleyan Rams baseball team had a week of comebacks after spring break.
The Rams hosted Texas Lutheran on March 18-19, and it was not an easy series.
Entering the weekend games against St. Gregory’s (Okla.) March 21-22 with a 14-12 record, Wesleyan was 6-3 and in fourth place in the Sooner Athletic Conference through games of March 20.
The Rams even have had a no-hitter by their pitching staff, but something unexpected happened on Tuesday, March 18. Wesleyan Rams lost to the Texas Lutheran Bulldogs 16-0.
The Bulldogs pulled away in the fifth inning after Rams pitchers issued four consecutive walks. It resulted in 17 Bulldogs coming to the plate and scoring 12 runs on eight hits. Lutheran punctuated the rally with the four walks and two Rams’ errors to build the 16-run lead.
Avery Sullivan was the losing pitcher in this game after allowing four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out two Bulldogs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.
This hard loss for Wesleyan did not carry over to the next day as on March 19 the Rams came back to defeat Texas Lutheran 3-1. That marked a turnaround of 18 runs from one day to the other.
Trailing 1-0 early, the Rams got their sticks going in the third inning with back-to-back singles from Jake Davis and Manny Sanchez. After a walk to Jonathan Bravo loaded the bases, Tyler Kamtz tied the game with a sacrifice fly.
In the fifth inning, Sanchez walked and moved to second base after Bravo had a sacrifice bunt. Jake Howeth brought Sanchez home with the a single down the right field line line. Dakota Lee followed with another RBI single that brought the score to 3-1.
In the eighth inning Howeth did it again defensively. He caught a hard drive ball down the right field line from Klaus Bohrmann with a saving dive. Howeth then jumped to his feet and threw the runner out on first base to end a highlight tape double play.
Brandon Kaufman picked up his first save of the season with four scoreless innings of pitching. He allowed one walk but had four strikeouts.
Obviously, the midweek comeback has inspired the team at midseason and could be crucial to the Rams’ SAC and postseason possibilities.
Howeth lead the team in batting average through March 20 with a .380 mark along with two home runs, 15 runs-batted-in and seven stolen bases. Righthander Mitch McLeod paced the pitching staff through March contests with a 3-2 record, the no-hitter against Mid-America Christian on Feb. 28, a 2.25 earned run average, and 44 strikeouts. Senior righty Sam Martin opened the season at 4-0 with a team-best