Baseball Downs Maroons, Unable to Figure Out Hornets

Photo By Jerry Sprouse, Sr.
Photo By Jerry Sprouse, Sr.

LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its two games in the ODAC Tournament today, defeating Roanoke before falling to Shenandoah. The Marlins upended the Maroons 8-5, but were unable to figure out the Hornets, dropping the game 8-3. Baseball will now square off against Roanoke tomorrow with a chance at the title game against Shenandoah on the line



It did not take long for the Marlins to get on the board as the squad put up two in the opening frame. Brandon Kussmaul led the side off with an double and was immediately brought home as Corey King tripled to right center.

Roanoke answered right back though, taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the second. Both teams would go scoreless for a bit until the Marlins opened it up in the fifth. With bases loaded, King roped a double back to right center, scoring two. Neisz followed that with a single to score one more and King would eventually come in on a wild pitch to make it 6-3. Neisz would eventually make it home on a Jacob Pilarski sac fly.

In the fifth, the Marlins would tack on one more as a Dylan Gentry sacrifice bunt drove in Brady Fallon from third.

Pilarski manned the mound for the Marlins, picking up his 11th winning (11-0) dealing 7.2 nnings. Andrew Lowe then came in to nab the final out of the eighth. Glen Pizzanello registered his fifth save of the year, closing out the final inning without allowing a hit.



The Marlins found themselves down early as the Hornets sprinkled four runs across the first three innings. VWU stopped the bleeding with a Neisz sacrifice fly that brought home Kussmaul. Shenandoah would answer right back with a run for themselves in the top of the fifth.

VWU plated another runner in the seventh, as it was Kussmaul's turn to club in a sac fly but Shenandoah tacked on two more in the 8th. The Marlins would put one more up in the ninth but would eventually succumb.