The Wells College baseball team traveled to Virginia to open its season against the University of Pittsburgh-Bradford on Saturday, Feb. 29 with a doubleheader against the Panthers. The teams will meet one more time with a 12 p.m. start on Sunday, March 1 as Wells prepares for an upcoming trip to Florida to prepare for North Eastern Athletic Conference play.
The Express fell in both contests by almost identical scores as first-year head coach Ryan Stevens had an opportunity to assess his new squad for the first time with 14 players seeing action in the opening game and 18 in the matinee.
Wells finished the day with four hitters. Tanner Dunkel and Derek Shea picked up a couple of hits for the Express in the first contest, while Will Walsh and Dylan Nolan added a pair in the second. Both Shea and Walsh belted extra-base hits.
On the mound, Wells got a look at five pitchers on the afternoon. Mark Yorkey suffered the loss in the first game after almost going the distance in allowing nine hits with eight strikeouts. Zach Kemp recorded the second-game loss with six strikeouts after allowing a dozen hits.
After the Wells baseball team wraps up its three games in Virginia, they return home for a two-game homestand for five games in four days.