VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team swept Bridgewater in its ODAC opener Saturday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The team dropped the Eagles 10-3 in game one before using a comeback effort to down them 8-3 in game two. With the results the Marlins move to 6-4 on the season and 2-0 in ODAC play. Bridgewater slides to 3-10 on the year (0-2 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU – 10 BC – 3
The Marlin offense was alive and well this game as the team tagged the Eagles for 18 hits. Austin Obenour got things going early as he crushed a solo shot over the centerfield fence in the team's second at-bat. Obenour would aid in doubling up the lead in the bottom of the third as his single drove home Daniel Petro from second.
In the fifth, the Marlins increased their lead to 5-0. After Petro singled to lead off, he was then batted home on a Brady Fallon single to right field. A couple batters later, Fallon was able to get to home himself as he scored on a wild pitch. As the inning progressed the Marlins, Jordan Sprouse singled with the bases loaded to drive in another run. One inning later, Jacob Pilarski got in the mix as his single drove in Fallon.
Bridgewater would record three runs of their own over the sixth and seventh but in the bottom of the seventh the Marlins retaliated with three more. With the bases juiced, Dylan Gentry and Petro hit back-to-back singles to drive the score to 8-3. Fallon would then ground into a double play but his efforts allowed Sprouse to score from third. Jordan McDonough would help score the final run of the game as his sacrifice fly in the eighth drove in Pilarski.
GAME 2: VWU – 8 BC – 3
In game two the Marlins found themselves down after the Eagles drove in two runs in the top of the fourth. Zack Clark helped cut the deficit to just one in the bottom of the frame though as his triple drove in McDonough. VWU would then take a 4-2 lead in the sixth. With runners on second and third, Gentry singled to drive in both runs. One batter later, Petro was able to knock home Gentry with a double down the left field line.
An Eagle error in the seventh gave the Marlins one more run and in the eighth, the team expanded their lead to 8-2. After Petro and Pilarski got on with walks, McDonough drilled a ball to right center which drove both of them across home plate. Clark followed that at-bat with an RBI double of his own. Bridgewater mustered a run and some runners in the final frame, but the Marlin defense was able to nullify any chance of the comeback.
Jay Crusemire had a terrific outing on the bump, earning his second win of the year. The lefty hurler tossed seven strikeouts through 7.0 innings of play. He would be relieved by Adam Brooks, who struck out one over the final two innings.
Baseball returns to action at 3 p.m. on Wednesday as the team hosts crosstown rival Christopher Newport University for a single game