VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team dropped its twin bill with Roanoke Saturday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The team fell 8-4 in game one before dropping game two by a score of 9-5. With the results, the Marlins move to 12-11 on the year and 8-5 in conference play.
GAME 1: RC – 8 VWU – 4
The Marlins were the first to get on the board in this one, tallying one in the bottom of the third. Daniel Petro singled on a bunt and one batter later was able to reach home as Jacob Pilarski lined a ball that made it all the way to the fence in left field.
Roanoke would take the lead in the fourth as they plated a pair but in the bottom of the sixth, the lead flipped again. Jordan McDonough led the frame off with a double and would move to third after Austin Obenour bunt singled. That brought up Zack Clark who sent a fly ball to right field that was caught but far enough out to let McDonough touch home from third. A couple batters later, Obenour would make it to third. With Petro at the plate, the senior produced a bunt single that gave Obenour the ability to reach.
The teams would both notch a run in the eighth, with the Marlins coming on a wild pitch. Virginia Wesleyan was unable to get through the ninth though, surrendering five runs.
Jacob Pilarski went 8.0 innings without tallying an earned run, striking out eight in the process. The final inning would consist of four different pitchers with Doug Avery being saddled with the loss.
GAME 2: RC – 9 VWU – 5
Both teams would record a single run in the opening inning with VWU's coming by way of a McDonough Sac fly that scored Brady Fallon. Roanoke opened up its offense in the second though, putting five more on the scoreboard. The Marlins got one back in the bottom as Petro's groundout allowed Tyriq Campbell to touch home from third.
The Maroons registered a pair of runs in the fifth, but a McDonough solo shot narrowed the deficit to 8-3. The Marlins inched closer in the seventh and eighth, as they put up one in each inning but it time on the comeback bid ran out.
Andrew Lowe picked up his first loss of the season (3-1) as he tossed seven strikeouts over 4.1 innings. Adam Brooks went the next 4.0 frames, punching out a career-high six. CJ Morris recorded one strikeout as well as he pitched the final 0.2.
Baseball returns to action again at 3 p.m. on Tuesday as the squad heads to Lynchburg for a single game with the Hornets.