Walk Off Effort Helps Baseball Secure Two Wins Over W&L

Walk Off Effort Helps Baseball Secure Two Wins Over W&L

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team secured two key wins Saturday afternoon against Washington and Lee at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The squad downed the Generals, 6-4, in game one before winning in walk off fashion, 5-4, in game two. With the wins, the squad moves to 10-7 on the season and remain unbeaten in ODAC play (4-0). Washington and Lee slides to 7-10 on the year (0-3 ODAC).

 

GAME 1: VWU - 6 W&L - 4

The Marlins broke onto the scoreboard first, plating two in the second inning. Afer Randy Neisz was walked, Deon Hammond sent a ball far down the right field line, tripling and scoring Neisz. In the next at-bat, Brady Fallon would fly out to center field but it allowed Hammond to score from third.

Up 2-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Marlins scored two more. A pass ball would score Brandon Kussmaul from third and a Neisz RBI single accounted for the other run. Two innings later a Hammond double would score more, which would eventually be the game winning runs.

Jacob Pilarski got the start, allowing just a single hit over his five innings pitched. Nick Bao w0uld relieve him for 2.1 innings before Jay Crusemire came in with one out in the eighth. Glen Pizzanello would go on to throw the final inning.

 

GAME 2: VWU - 5 W&L - 4

Skipping right to the bottom of the final frame, the Marlins found themselves down 4-1. Dylan Gentry led off with a walk and was immideately brought to third on a Corey King double. Kussmaul used a long at bat to get a base on balls and with the bases loaded, Neisz sent a single through the right side that scored two.

The Generals would then walk Deon Hammond loading the bases once again. Pilarski used a keen eye to collect a walk scoring the tying run from third.

This brought up Fallon, who found himself with no outs and the bases loaded. The senior did not falter as he singled to third base, scoring Neisz, the game-winning run, from third.

Chance Pauley had a terrific outing on the mound, pitching 8.2 innings and striking out four. Pizzanello would throw two pitches to close out the top of the ninth, earning him the win.

Baseball returns to action on Tuesday as it completes its away portion of the home-and-home series with Mary Washington University.