ASHLAND Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team took down No. 5 Randolph-Macon, 6-4, Wednesday afternoon on the road. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 8-6 on the season and go to 4-1 in conference play. Randolph-Macon slides to 6-3 on the year (4-1 ODAC).
The Marlins got some help from Macon to score their first couple runs as they took a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Five-straight walks allowed Jordan McDonough and Brady Fallon to both reach home plate. The Yellow Jackets would answer with one of their own in the bottom of the frame.
Scoring resumed in the top of the sixth, this time by the Marlins own doing. With two outs, Dylan Gentry was able to get to first with a single through the left side. With Caleb Royce pinch running, he was able to get to second on a steal. That brought up Austin Obenour who doubled down the left field line scoring Royce from second. Jacob Pilarski followed that with a single through the left side, scoring Obenour. Once again though, Macon answered scoring two in the bottom of the seventh.
Up 4-3 in the ninth, the Marlins tacked on a pair of insurance runs. McDonough led off with a single to left field. Fallon followed that with a single of his own to left field, though his at-bat got interesting. The ball would roll under the Macon player's glove and roll all the way to the fence. Seeing the error, Fallon turned on the jets and sprinted around all the bases, using a well place slide to beat the play at home. The two runs scored would make it 6-3. Things got interesting in the bottom of the inning though as a pair of errors gave the Yellow Jackets a run and some base runners, but Andrew Lowe was able to clear things up on the mound and earning the Marlins a key ODAC victory.
Jay Crusemire got the win on the bump, allowing just two hits and one run through 6.0 innings of work. Adam Brooks would go the next 1.0 inning and Andrew Lowe nabbed the save as he allowed just two hits and no earned runs over the final 2.0 frames.
Baseball will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as the squad hosts Emory & Henry for a doubleheader at Kenneth R. Perry Field.