VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Just the way the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team wanted to open up its conference schedule as the squad picked up two wins against Eastern Mennonite on Saturday afternoon. The squad took down the Royals, 8-3, in game one before exploding for a17-9 win in game two. With the two victories, the Marlins move to 7-6 on the season and 2-0 in ODAC play.
GAME 1: VWU - 8 EMU - 3
The Marlins sprinkled runs in throughout the entire game, including one in each of the first three frames. In the first, Bradnon Kussmaul hit a sacrifice fly that scored Corey King. Austin Obernour mimicked that in the second inning, producing a sac fly that plated Jacob Pilarski. Randy Neisz was credited with the third Marlin RBI, hitting a single up the middle to score Zack Clark.
Two errors gave the visiting team two more runs in the fifth and seventh and VWU then hit home three more insurance runs in the ninth.
Five players came away with multiple hits during the contest led by Clark, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.
Pilarski dominated from rubber, fanning 11 runners over 8.0 innings pitched and picking up the win. Glen Pizzanello finished off the game, allowing just a single hit.
GAME 2: VWU - 17 EMU - 9
The bats were on fire for the Marlins in game two of the doubeheader as the squad produced 21 hits, the most in over ten years.
Once again, the team distributed its run scoring over eight of the nine innings, opening up the game with a Kussmaul RBI double. Jonathan Rivera picked up the scoring in the third as he sent a solo shot over the left field fence. Two more were tacked on in the fourth as Pilarski had an RBI single and was later scored on a fielder's choice.
In the fifth inning, it was Clark's turn to go yard as he solo homered to left. Up 5-4 going into the sixth, the team plated three more to create a bit of a buffer. A Kussmaul RBI single put the team up 9-6 in the seventh, but the Royals battled back cutting the deficit to one with two innings to go.
Over the final two frames, the Marlins went off from the plate, scoring four in each inning. In the eighth, Brady Fallon collected a two RBI on a single up the middle and Obenour joined the home run club with a two run bomb over the left center fence. One inning later Fallon picked up two more RBI with another single and the final two runs came on a pair of errors.
Jay Crusemire started on the bump, going 4.2 innings. Andrew Lowe, Adam Brooks and Nick Bay teamed up in the middle of the tilt, combining for 1.1 innnings. Pizzanello picked up his second win of the year as he tossed the final 3.0 frames, K'ing two.
Baseball returns to the diamond at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as the team heads to Maryland for a single game with Salisbury University