APRIL 7, 2008
WILKES RALLIES PAST KINGS, 7-5
-- The Wilkes University baseball team pushed across five runs in
the top of the ninth inning to rally for a 7-5 victory over King's
College Monday at Betzler Fields.
With the win, Wilkes improved to 12-9 overall and 5-5 in Freedom
Conference games. King's, which out hit Wilkes 15-5 but stranded 11
runners, slipped to 10-11 overall and 5-7 in conference action.
After King's scored two runs in the eighth to build a seemingly
comfortable 5-2 lead, Wilkes' Geoff Miller drew a leadoff walk
against Monarch relief pitcher Mark Yankowski.. After Yankowski
struck out Eric Wtezel, Colonel pinch hitter Andrew Garofoli drew a
After pinch hitter Billy Sisko singled in Miller from second, King's
would bring Eric Matula in from the bullpen. Mike McAndrew came
through for Wilkes with an RBI single just off the outstretched
glove of King's second baseman Matt Feci to plate Garofoli and cut
the Monarch lead to 5-4. Kyle Follweiler would then reach base
on a costly Monarch error as Sisko scored from third base and tie
the game at 5-5.
After Corey Helfrich followed with an RBI single to give the
Colonels a 6-5 lead, Follweiler would eventually score on a
bases-loaded walk from John McNichol, the Monarchs third relief
pitcher of the inning, to take a 7-5 lead
King's would attempt to rally when Pat McGlynn reached base on a
Colonel error, but Gracjan Kraszeski would ground into a double play
to empty the bases. The game would end when Colnel relief pitcher
Anthony Giuffrida struck out Ryan Knowles to end the game.
King's took a 1-0 lead in the second when Matt Unger singled and
eventually scored on a base hit from Jeremy Bonser. The Monarchs
added a run in the third when Jon Venarchick reached base on a
fielder's choice, advanced to second on a wild pitch, then scored on
a Wilkes error.
the Colonels would cut the lead to 2-1 in the sixth when Dwight
Smith walked and eventually scored on a two-out bases-loaded walk
issued by King's reliever Ryan Derry.
The Monarchs answered with a run in the sixth when Bonser singled
and pinch runner Tom Parris scored on a single by J.R. Graver to pus
the King's lead to 3-1.
The Colonels cut the lead to 3-2 in the eighth when McAndrew walked
and later scored on a Monarch error.
King's appeared to put the game away in the bottom half of the
eighth when Graver and Matt Livoy stroked back-to-back singles,
followed by a two-run double by Jon Venarchick to stretch the King's
advantage to 5-2 heading into the final frame where Wilkes scored
five runs thanks to three hits and four walks issued by Monarch
Helfrich was the only Wilkes player with more than one hit, tallying
a second inning double and ninth inning single. Sisko was 1-for-2
with an RBI McAndrew was 1-for-3 with an RBI.
Livoy went 3-for-4 for the Monarchs while Unger finished the day
3-for-5. Bonser and Kraszewski added two hits each while Venarchick
was 1-for-5 with two RBI.
Giuffrida (4-0) picked up the win in relief, pitching three innings
and allowing two runs on three hits with three strikeouts.
Matula (1-2) took the loss for the Monarchs, allowing two runs, one
earned on two hits. Monarch starter J.T. Levonick pitched
well, lasting five and one-third innings in which he allowed one run
on two hits and struck out two batters.
King's will travel to face Marywood Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in