WINCHESTER, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its ODAC doubleheader with Shenandoah Saturday afternoon on the road. The Marlins earned a 7-2 victory in game one before falling just short, 6-4, in game two. With the results, the Marlins move to 7-6 on the season and 3-1 in conference action. The Hornets go to 7-3 on the year (3-1 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU – 7 SU – 2
Zack Clark was responsible for the first run of the day as his solo homer in the top of the second gave the Marlins an early lead. Shenandoah would come back to tie it two innings later though.
Virginia Wesleyan's offense really came alive in the seventh, taking back the lead with a four-run frame. With Daniel Petro on second and Austin Obenur on third, Brady Fallon sent a ball into left allowing Petro to make it home. Jordan McDonough followed that with a triple that plated the two existing runners. Later in the inning, Jacob Pilarski picked up an RBI as his single plated McDonough.
Scoring continued into the eighth inning as the Marlins tacked on two more. After Nick Ficarella was plunked and Dylan Gentry singled, a Petro double was able to get the first runner home. Obenour then grounded out, but the play was enough to score Gentry from third. The Hornets got one back in the final frame but Adam Brooks made sure the comeback was halted as he sat down the final two batters.
Aside from his offense, Pilarski had a tremendous day on the bump. The junior tossed 8.0 innings, allowing just five hits and striking out six. Brooks would toss the final inning to secure the Marlin victory.
GAME 2: SU – 6 VWU – 4
Once again, the Marlins would be the first to strike as they put up one in the top of the third. Obenour led off with a single and was able to get to third after an errant throw on his steal attempt got him an extra bag. In the next at-bat, Pilaski was walked but the fourth ball came in wild allowing Obenour to get home. The lead was then doubled in the following frame as a Gentry double to left field allowed Fallon to reach from second.
Shenandoah answered late though, putting up six runs between the sixth and eighth innings. The Marlins attempted a comeback in the top of the ninth with McDonough plating two on a single but they were unable to complete it with the final two batters striking out.
Andrew Lowe manned the rubber for the first 6.0 innings, striking out six while only allowing a pair of runs. Doug Avert would pitch an inning and was saddled with the loss. Zach Lubbick threw the final 1.0 innings.
Baseball returns to action again at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday as the team travels to Randolph-Macon for a doubleheader with the Yellow Jackets.