VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College's baseball Marlins improved to 9-1 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference on Saturday with a doubleheader sweep of the Emory & Henry College Wasps at Marlins Field.
VWC slipped past the Wasps 6-4 in the opener, producing a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to take the win. Game two saw the Marlins explode for eight runs in the fifth inning to break open a tight game and post a 13-1 decision.
The Marlins (9-5) outhit the Wasps (3-19, 1-10) 16-4 in the second game, as six players connected for at least two hits each. Sophomore C.J. Lindsay (Remington/Bealeton Liberty) led the Marlins with a double and two singles. VWC connected for eight hits in the fifth inning to produce eight runs, highlighted by two-run doubles from Taylor Erby (Norfolk/Lake Taylor) and Lindsay, and a two-run single from Zach Bach (Virginia Beach/Frank W. Cox).
Rookie Nick Bay (Virginia Beach/Bayside) pitched for the Marlins, working seven innings before being relieved by sophomore Riley Koonce (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes). Bay struck out four, walked two and gave up just three hits. Koonce fanned two and allowed just one hit.
Four pitchers worked for the Marlins in the opener, with junior Sean Greiser (Virginia Beach/Floyd E. Kellam) taking the win. He faced 11 batters and struck out five, while walking two and allowing just one hit. Senior Alex Tucci (Stewartstown, Pa./York Catholic) started for the Marlins and faced 18 batters in four innings, striking out five, walking one, and giving up five hits.
Justin Erby (Norfolk/Lake Taylor) paced Marlin hitting with three hits, while senior Jordan Miller (Chesapeake/Grassfield) and rookie Brandon Kussmaul (Virginia Beach/Landstown) knocked out two hits each.
VWC trailed 3-0 after two innings, but cut the gap to 3-2 with a two-run third inning. The Marlins moved in front 4-3 with two runs in the bottom of the fifth, before Emory & Henry tied the game with a solo run in the sixth.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on March 31, hosting the Builders of Apprentice School in a non-league game beginning at 3:30 p.m.