LYNCHBURG, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team bowed out of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship Sunday afternoon as it fell to Roanoke, 3-2, after 13 innings of play. With the result, the Marlins' record stands at 28-14 on the season and the team will now wait to see if it will receive an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Championship. The field will be set at 11:59 p.m. tonight (Sunday).
It was a pitcher's duel to start the game off, with neither team able to plate a run over the first four innings. The Maroons broke onto the scoreboard first, registering a single run in the top of the fifth. VWU answered right back though, tying it up a 1-1 in the bottom of the frame. Jordan Sprouse got plunked with a pitch to lead off the side but was out at second as Dylan Gentry followed his at-bat with a fielder's choice. Gentry was then moved all the way around the diamond as Brandon Kussmaul doubled to left field.
Scoring would go cold once again, sending the game into extras at a 1-1 tie. In the 12th, Roanoke regained its lead with another single run scored. Backs against the wall, the Marlins once again answered the call. Zack Clark led off with a walk and made it to second on a ground out. With two outs, Gentry was able to single to right center, allowing Clark to reach home.
In the 13th, the Maroons plated another single run to regain the lead. That would be the deciding factor as the Roanoke pitcher struck out the bottom of the frame.
Jay Crusemire tossed the first 5.1 innings, allowing just the single run and striking out five. Andrew Lowe then came in to hold the Maroons off the board for 2.2 innings. He would be relieved by Glen Pizzanello, who struck out six during his second longest outing of the year (3.2). Adam Brooks would be saddled with the loss as Roanoke scored their run in the 13th against him.