Early Runs Unable to Hold in Tight Battle With Nationally-Ranked CNU

Photo by Jerry Sprouse, Sr.
Photo by Jerry Sprouse, Sr.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team fell, 14-10, in a close battle with #16 Christopher Newport University Thursday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. With the loss, the Marlins move to 8-7 on the season while the Captains improve to 13-4.

The Marlins took control of the game early, piling in seven runs before CNU could get one. The squad opened the game with two runs, coming on a Brandon Kussmaul RBI single and a pass ball. In the second the Marlins plated two more beginning with a Corey King RBI single. Later, Randy Neisz would send a ball to left center that scored both King and Dylan Gentry.

Austin Obenour scored another run in the following inning coming on a solo shot over the left field fence and Brady Fallon joined the party as he doubled to score Neisz. After CNU knocked in their first run in the fifth, the Marlins answered right back as Jordan Sprouse clanged one off the foul pole for another homer.

Christopher Newport stormed back though, scoring 13 runs over the final four frames. The Marlins got one in during the 8th as Neisz tripled to score Zack Clark, but could only muster one run in in the final frame to make the score 14-10.

Andrew Lowe got his first start of the year on the mound, dealing five innings and only allowing one earned. The Marlins emptied the bullpen over the next four innings to try and figure out the Captains but were unsuccessful.

Baseball will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the squad returns to ODAC play with a home doubleheader against Washington and Lee.