VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team dropped it contest with Lynchburg, 9-6, Tuesday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. With the result the Marlins go to 10-7 on the season and 6-2 in conference play. Lynchburg improves to 9-13 on the year (3-5 ODAC).
The Hornets struck first, tallying a single run in the opening inning. Virginia Wesleyan answered right back though, registering four runs in the bottom of the inning. The team got help from Lynchburg as the visiting side recorded three-straight errors, allowing one run to cross in the process. With a pair of runners on, Brady Fallon sent a ball right up the middle that cleared the bases of existing runners. Later in the inning, another Hornet error would allow the fourth Marlin run to cross.
Scoring halted until the fourth as the Marlins added another run to their lead. Daniel Petro would get on by way of walk and would advance to third one batter later as Jordan Sprouse singled into right field. Austin Obenour would get on with a fielder's choice, but the defensive decision allowed Petro to reach from third.
Things began to go south for the Marlins in the top of the sixth as a couple of errors and walks helped the Hornets get seven runs in. A Reese Reid solo shot in the eighth helped narrow the gap, but the deficit was too large to overcome.
Jay Crusemire went the first 5.1 innings, striking out five but allowing three runs. Adam Brooks would be saddled with the loss as he pitched out the final two outs of the sixth. Zach Lubick cam in for the final 3.0 innings, allowing just a single hit while striking out four.
Baseball will return to action again at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday as the team hosts Methodist University for a single game.