March 21st, 2016

Wiley, Metcalfe, Wright power Knights to 8-1 win

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Wiley, Metcalfe, Wright power Knights to 8-1 win
photo provided by the Bellarmine athletic department

The Bellarmine University baseball team started its three-game series with Northwood with a pair of forgettable innings. Most every frame after that was something to build on for the Knights.

On Saturday, Bellarmine delivered a nearly flawless 8-1 victory over visiting Northwood as Zac Wiley was commanding on the mound and the Knights' offense delivered in bunches.

Bellarmine (8-8) accumulated 10 hits, didn't commit an error and had a lone walk from its pitching staff. The Knights scored twice in the third, powered to four runs in the fifth and added two more in the seventh against the Timberwolves (10-8). BU allowed four unearned runs over the first two innings in dropping the first game of the series, but the Knights won the last two contests by a combined 19-2.

Bellarmine also amassed 27 hits over the final two games, with 10 coming on Saturday. Senior third baseman Cole Metcalfe and junior first baseman Nick Wright both went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. It was Metcalfe's fifth multi-hit game in his last seven, and Wright's fifth in his last six outings.

Wiley (2-1) earned the win after allowing one earned run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts in 7.0 innings pitched. The freshman right-hander tossed six shutout innings before Northwood put a run across in the seventh, but by then BU had a six-run lead. Wiley was also a force in the batter's box, going 2 for 3 with three RBIs. He combined with Metcalfe and Wright to go 8 for 11 with seven RBIs.

Bellarmine didn't have a hit over the first two innings and things didn't look promising in the third after the first two batters were retired. However, sophomore left fielder Griffin Neuer kept the Knights alive with a double to left center on an 0-2 count. Metcalfe followed by blasting an RBI double off the fence in right field. After a wild pitch, Wright beat out a grounder fielded deep up the middle for an RBI single and a 2-0 lead.

Senior center fielder Jes Staples got Bellarmine's four-run fifth started with a single. Metcalfe, Wright and Wiley each had an RBI single in the frame and sophomore shortstop Drew Greenwood lifted a sacrifice fly as the Knights' lead ballooned to 6-0.

Wright and Wiley both doubled down the lines in the seventh, with Wiley's two-bagger bringing home two runs to cap Bellarmine's scoring.

Junior right-hander Will Birch and senior right-hander Evan McNair both pitched 1.0 scoreless inning of relief for the Knights, who have won five of seven.

Bellarmine opens Great Lakes Valley Conference play at Southern Indiana on Friday.


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