HAMPDEN SYDNEY, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team took a 6-4 loss to Hampden-Sydney Thursday afternoon on the road. With the loss, the Marlins move to 24-11 overall and 14-4 in conference play. Hampden-Sydney moves to 15-18 on the season.
The Marlins got on the board early, putting up one in the opening inning. Brandon Kussmaul led the side off with a walk and was moved to second on a groundout. Randy Neisz then switched place with his fellow senior as he doubled one batter later.
After the Tigers homered to plate two, VWU knotted it back up in the second. Deon hammond led off with a walk and was moved to second on a balk. Brady Fallon then singled to put runners on the corner and Jordan Sprouse drove in the run with a single.
Another HSC home run would put them back up by one but the Marlins came back again. In the top of the fourth, Dylan Gentry got to first on an error. A few at-bats later he'd be driven home on a Neisz single. The Tigers had another answer though as they tacked on the final three runs by either team in the bottom of the frame.
Jay Crusemire was saddled with the loss (2-3), throwing 3.2 innings and fanning two. Chance Pauley then came in to toss the next 2.1, allowing just two hits. Andrew Lowe and Glen Pizzanello would throw the eighth and ninth, respectively, allowing just a single hit.
Baseball will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday for its regular season finale, hosting Shenandoah for a doubleheader.