LEXINGTON, Va. (Wofford SID) – The Wofford baseball team exploded at the plate with season-high marks in 21 hits and five home runs en route to a 19-2 drubbing of VMI Thursday night to clinch the 2022 Southern Conference regular season title. The Terriers improve to 38-14-1 overall and 14-4-1 in the SoCon. The Keydets drop to 16-37 and 6-13 in the league.
By clinching the 2022 regular season crown, the Terriers repeat as conference champions for the first time in program history. Wofford is the first SoCon school to win consecutive regular season titles since Mercer won three-straight from 2015-17.
Matthew Marchal (6-2) earned the win for Wofford after pitching a gem with 6.0 shutout innings. The junior righty allowed four hits and just one walk with three punchouts. Carter Bailey tossed 1.0 inning with two runs (one earned) allowed on three hits with one strikeout. Mike Eggert hurled the final 2.0 innings, a career high. The sophomore surrendered only two hits without allowing a run or walk, and he struck out a career-best three batters.
VMI starter Tyler Kaltreider (3-6) suffered the loss after pitching 2.0 innings with seven runs allowed on nine hits.
The Terriers compiled 21 hits in the game, a season high, while allowing only nine. The Terriers committed just two errors, while the Keydets made a whopping seven defensive miscues. Of the 21 base knocks, nine went for extra bases, including five home runs, also a new season high. All nine of the starting hitters secured a base hit, with seven of them posting multiple hits.
Lawson Hill led the way at the dish with four hits and five RBI. He lifted one of the Terrier homers, his second of the season. Ryan Galanie, Trey Yunger and Brice Martinez each posted three hits. Yunger knocked in a run while Martinez and Galanie drove home three each. Galanie launched two homers in the game for his third multi-homer game of the season, lifting his season total to 15 long balls. John Dempsey, Brennen Dorighi and Jack Renwick each accrued two hits. Dempsey had two RBI, and Dorighi had one. Both blasted round-trippers, Dempsey’s 12th and Dorighi’s ninth. Though tallying just one hit, Nolen Hester reached a second time with Wofford’s only walk drawn, and he drove home a run.
Wofford struck first with a trio of runs in the top of the second. Brice Martinez opened the scoring with an RBI groundout. Nolen Hester then ripped a double down the right field line to score another run. Lawson Hill followed with a single to center to plate Hester for the early 3-0 lead.
The Terriers began to blow the game open in the third, an inning that saw Wofford score eight runs on eight hits and three VMI errors with 12 Terriers coming up to the plate. Nine of them batted before the first out was recorded despite Wofford laying down three bunts with the intent to sacrifice and the Keydets not being able to get an out on any of them (two singles and an error). The onslaught began with Ryan Galanie and Brennen Dorighi hitting back-to-back jacks, with Galanie’s bomb being a two-run homer to precede Dorighi’s solo shot. The consecutive four-baggers were Wofford’s first back-to-back homers of the season. Later in the inning, Brice Martinez singled home two runs to continue the scoring. Hill would ground into a double play, the first two outs of the inning, but a run still come home on the play. The scoring was finally capped after Dempsey decided to join in on the yard work with his own two-run blast to right. When the dust settled, Wofford’s lead had ballooned to 11-0.
Wofford tacked on another run in the top of the fifth. An RBI groundout off the bat of Hill made the score 12-0 Terriers.
That margin increased again in the seventh. With two runners on, Hill launched just his second round-tripper of the season to plate three more runs. A fielding error would allow another run to come home, and Trey Yunger plated one more with a single. The scoring concluded there with Wofford holding a 17-0 lead.
VMI finally scratched onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh. An RBI double plated the first Keydet run. A throwing error allowed another run to come in, making the score 17-2.
Unable to slow down offensively, Wofford extended its lead in the top of the ninth. Galanie clobbered his second homer of the night, a solo shot to begin the frame. A wild pitch later allowed Cameron Gill to race home for a run, making the score 19-2.
Wofford and VMI meet again tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 p.m. for game two of the series at Gray-Minor Stadium.