LEXINGTON, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its doubleheader with Washington and Lee Saturday on the road. The team came out victorious in game one (9-3) before falling 7-5 to the Generals in game two. With the results, the Marlins go to 15-12 on the season and 10-6 in conference action.
GAME 1: VWU - 9 W&L - 3
After scoreless first inning, the Marlins put the first mark on the scoreboard. Austin Obenour earned a lead off walk and proceeded to steal second. Two batters later, Reese Reid sent a single into center that plated Obenour.
One inning later, the Marlins tacked on two more. Cody Ellis opened up with a double and then scored on a Brady Fallon sacrifice fly. Jacob Pilarski would then single and eventually be brought home on a Zack Clark single into center. The Marlins would surrender one in the bottom of the stanza but a Cody Ellis RBI single in the top of the fourth put them back up by three.
The Generals narrowed the lead to just one in the fifth but VWU was able to take a commanding lead with a four-run seventh. After Ellis was hit by a pitch, he went on to score on a Pilarski single. Later in the side, Pilarski would reach home on an Obenour sacrifice fly. The final two runs came by way of a General error and a Daniel Petro RBI single.
Pilarski complemented his offense with a solid day from the bump, tossing 7.1 innings and picking up the win (5-3). Doug Avery came in the for the final 1.2 innings, allowing just a pair of hits.
GAME 2: W&L - 7 VWU - 5
The Marlins would take an early lead, scoring on a wild pitch in the opening frame, but Washington and Lee answered right back with a two-run bottom of the inning. The next frame, Virginia Wesleyan was able to regain its lead though beginning with a single by Daniel Petro that plated Dylan Gentry. One batter later it was a Cody Ellis bases-loaded single that put the Marlins up 4-2.
The visiting squad increased its lead to 5-2 the next inning as Gentry singled to open the contest and was brought home on a Jordan Sprouse double. The Generals battled back though using a four-run fifth inning to take what would be the final lead they needed.
Baseball returns to action again at 3 p.m. on Tuesday as the team heads to Methodist University for a non-conference single game.