VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – A Jordan McDonough blast over the right field fence in the bottom of the tenth propelled the Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team to a 9-7 victory over North Carolina Wesleyan College Wednesday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 14-11 on the year while N.C. Wesleyan slides to 21-10.
Skipping right to the bottom of the ninth, the Marlins found themselves in a pinch as they were down 7-4. Coming off a ninth-inning comeback from just one day before, Virginia Wesleyan still had some magic left in the bag. Jacob Pilarski led off with a single and runners would be at the corners as McDonough singled in the next at-bat. Austin Obenour plated the first run as his sac fly to center gave enough time for Pilarski to reach home. Zack Clark singled in the next at-bat and both him and McDoniugh advanced a base on a wild pitch. That brought up Brady Fallon who mimicked Obenour with a deep fly ball that kept Clark at second but allowed McDonough to score. Down to their final out, Reese Reid stepped to the plate and drilled a single up the middle plating Clark all the way from second.
In the tenth, Pilarski allowed a one-out single but had the next batter roll a groundball to short which was turned into a doubleplay thus ending the side. The Marlins did not have much luck either in the 10th as the first two batters popped up for easy outs. That brought Pilarski to the plate who earned a base-on-balls. Following him was McDonough who took his first pitch deep over the right field fence, earning the Marlins a hard-fought comeback win.
To get to the ninth, plenty of action was seen at Kenneth R. Perry. The Battling Bishops notched the game's opening tally in the first frame but the Marlins answered with two of their own in the bottom as Pilarski jacked a two-run homer. Two innings later, VWU piled in another run as McDonough produced a sac fly that brought home Daniel Petro from third.
N.C. Wesleyan slowly crept back into the game though scoring one in the fifth and then taking the lead with a four-run seventh. They would go up 7-3 in the top of the eighth, but a Reid Sac fly in the bottom of the stanza cut the lead to just 7-4 before the final goings.
CJ Morris got the start, striking out three over 5.0 innings of work. Adam Brooks then came in from the bullpen, going 1.2 before Noah Riffle finished out the seventh. Andrew Lowe came in for the eighth, striking out two before Pilarski finished the game. The Pittsburgh, Pa. native complemented his offense as he allowed just one hit over the final two frames, picking up his fourth win on the bump.
Baseball returns to action again 12 p.m. on Saturday as the team heads to Washington and Lee for an ODAC doubleheader.