FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team earned two victories against #17 Methodist University Tuesday evening on the road. The squad took down the Monarchs, 6-4, in game one and sealed up a 12-4 victory in game two. With the wins, the Marlins go to 22-10 on the year while Methodist goes to 27-11.
GAME 1: VWU - 6 METHODIST - 4
Both teams were held scoreless until the fourth, where each side collected two runs. Brady Fallon got the side going as he hit a two-out double down the left field line. In the next at-bat, Deon Hammond would drive him home with a single through the left side. A couple batters later, Hammond would be walked home.
In the following inning, the Marlins regained their lead as they put three more on the board. Randy Neisz led the side off with a single and was moved to third as Zack Clark doubled into right field. Both runners would score on a fielding error by the third basemen in the next at-bat. The final run of the frame would come on a wild pitch that allowed Fallon to cross. VWU's last run would come in the sixth on a Clark RBI single.
Nick Bay picked up the win (3-2), tossing 7.0 innings and fanning six. Chance Pauley would throw a scoreless eighth inning and Glen Pizzanello finished out the game to earn his fourth save of the season.
GAME 2: VWU - 12 METHODIST - 4
After the Monarchs went up 1-0 in the first, the Marlins put up three in second to take the lead. VWU's first run came by way of a fielding error and the second a Fallon sac fly. Jonathan Rivera would then groundout to second but the play allowed Hammond to take home. The visiting squad would then put up two more in the next frame to go up 5-1. Neisz picked up an RBI as his single up the middle plated Kussmaul. A few batters later, Neisz would reach the dish as Pilarski singled to shortstop.
Methodist would cut the lead to two after four, but VWU piled in four in the fifth to take a commanding lead. With the bases loaded, Neisz earned a base-on-balls which plated Dylan Gentry and Corey Kings. Two batters later Jacob Pilarski singled to bring home Kussmual. The final run of the side came via Monarch error.
Virginia Wesleyan's last two three runs came in the eighth by way of a Dylan Gentry RBI single and a two-RBI single by Kussmaul.
Baseball will return to action on at 12 p.m. Saturday as the team travels to Emory & Henry for a doubleheader with the Wasps.