Late Heroics Propel Monarchs past Virginia Wesleyan
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.- The Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team fought hard on Wednesday, forcing Methodist University to extra innings before falling 6-5 in 10 innings in non-conference action.
The Monarchs took advantage of a throwing error in the third to score three runs, just one earned.
VWC took the lead again with a run in the sixth as Corey King tripled, scoring on Justin Erby's second double in as many at bats. The Marlins added another in the top of the seventh as Kussmaul tripled home Austin Obenour.
Methodist evened the score in the bottom of the seventh, striking the frame with a double and hit by pitch with one out. A single by Matthias Carter loaded the bases, setting up a force at any base. Brennan Brown singled to shortstop to plate Alex Kachler to make the score 5-4. Lucas Scott grounded out to first as Davis Cass raced home for the tying run.
Both bullpens posted scoreless eighth and ninth innings to force extra innings.
After holding the Marlins without a hit in the top of the 10th, Brown singled to lead off the bottom of the frame before moving to second on a sacrifice bunt. A walk put the runners on first and second, forcing the Marlins to go to the bullpen. Tyler Hardee singled a ball out to center, chasing Brown home with the game-winning run.
Logan Haines (3-0) picked up the win for Methodist (16-20), throwing 1.2 innings of perfect relief. Pete Wildeboer and Brown had two hits each.
Virginia Wesleyan (18-15/9-6) will host Emory & Henry College (15-19/5-9) Saturday for Senior Day. The doubleheader is slated for a noon first pitch.