VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball picked up a pair of conference victories over Emory & Henry Saturday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The squad downed the Wasps, 7-2, before shutting them out 7-0 in game two. With the result the Marlins improve to 10-6 on the season and go to 6-1 in conference play.
GAME 1: VWU – 7 E&H – 2
Virginia Wesleyan wasted no time getting on the board, plating two in the opening frame. After Pilarski singled and was moved to third on a Jordan McDonough double, Brady Fallon sent them both home as he doubled into right field.
The Wasps would get one back in the next inning but in the bottom of the second, the Marlins continued to add. Daniel Petro singled to lead of the side and two runners would be on as Austin Obenour reached on an error. That brought up Tyriq Campbell, who belted a ball to right center, scoring both of the runners on base.
After a scoreless third, the Marlins really got ahold of the offense. Jordan McDonough led off the fourth with a single and was immediately brought home as Zack Clark took a ball over the fence. In the very next at-bat, Fallon got some long ball action as he sent one over the fence making it 7-1. Emory & Henry notched one run in the sixth but solid pitching would squash any comeback hopes.
GAME 2: VWU – 7 E&H – 0
The bats were still alive on the home side in this one, but the impressive performance came from on the mound. Pilarski went the distance, tossing a scoreless 9.0 innings while scattering six hits. Over that span, the senior racked up seven strikeouts as well.
As for the offense, the Marlins were the first to get on the board as the team plated one in the bottom of the second. Reese Reid got the action moving as he was walked and then stole second. He would be brought home in the next at-bat as Daniel Petro rang a double to left field.
Both teams went cold for a bit, but scoring resumed in the sixth as Fallon was able to steal home as Reid stole second. The runs really started to pile in in the seventh as another four were added to the home scoresheet. Obenour led the frame off with a double and would score as McDonough tripled to right center. In the next at-bat, Clark picked up an RBI as he plated McDonough with a single. After a pitching change, Fallon continued the hit streak, as his double allowed Clark to reach. The final run of the inning would come by way of Reid who bunt singled to produce an RBI.
An insurance run would come in the eighth by way of Jordan McDonough, but it was hardly needed as the Marlins cruised to victory.
Baseball will return to action again at 3 p.m. on Tuesday as the team hosts Lynchburg for a midweek tilt.