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Wolverines whip Waynesburg in tourney opener
by Greg Knowlden, sports information student assistant

GREENVILLE, PA, April 25, 2002 -- The Grove City College baseball team (8-12), winless in its first three games against Waynesburg College, beat the Yellow Jackets, 11-2, in the first round of PAC tournament play at Thiel College on Thursday.  

Freshman Mike Gundy (Grand Rapids, MI/Grand Rapids Christian) gathered the complete game victory as he struck out seven and walked one, and allowed only two unearned runs in the seventh.  The masterful performance gives Gundy his third win of the year and lowers his season ERA to 2.96, which is among the PAC leaders.

The Wolverines got the offense started in the third when Waynesburg walked the bases loaded, and freshman DH Joel Diller (Hartville, OH/Marlington) singled to right field scoring a pair of runners.  Grove City got three more in the fifth on back-to-back doubles by senior 1B Drew Hoagland (Butler, PA/Knoch) and junior C Matt Skipper (Canton, OH/Canton South), and a single by freshman LF Mike McMillen (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny).  The margin was pushed to 7-0 in the seventh as the Wolverines used an error and three base hits to plate two men.

Grove City answered Waynesburg’s rally in the bottom of the inning with two more runs in both the eighth and ninth to close the game.  The Wolverines collected ten hits over the final three frames.  Senior CF Eric Bell (Grove City, PA/Grove City) keyed the 19-hit outburst with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, scoring twice and driving in two.  Hoagland also had two RBI and two runs on his three hits, and McMillen joined him with three singles of his own.  Senior RF Mike Volchko (Akron, OH/Archbishop Hoban) is 7-for-12 in the last week after a 2-for-4 performance today.

Grove City will play the winner of the 1-4 matchup between Thiel and Bethany tomorrow at 10 AM in the winners bracket game of the double-elimination tournament.

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