GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its doubleheader with Guilford Saturday afternoon on the road. The Marlins grinded out a 13-9 win in game one before falling 9-4 in game two. With the results, the Marlins go to 17-13 on the season and 12-7 in conference play.
GAME 1: VWU – 13 GC -9
Runs were piling in as both teams were finding ways to get players across the plate. Guilford got things started with a three-run first. The Marlins answered back in the second with two of their own. Brady Fallon got things going with a double and switched places with Cody Ellis as the senior doubled as well. After Ellis advanced to third on a wild pitch, he was able to reach home as Jordan Sprouse reached on an error.
It was a monster third Virginia Wesleyan as the squad tagged the Quakers for nine runs. With the bases loaded, Zack Clark earned a walk to bring in Dylan Gentry from third. In the next at-bat, Fallon singled to score another two. With base runners on second and third, Ellis hit his second double to clear the current runners. Up 7-3, and with Ellis now on third, Josh Hinson singled on a bunt, scoring his teammate in the process.
Later in the inning, Hinson would score on a wild pitch to increase the lead six runs. That brought up Jacob Pilarski who took a ball over the right field fence, plating the final two of the side.
The final two Marlin runs would come in the third as a throwing error allowed a pair of runners to reach homeplate. The Quakers sprinkled a few more runs throughout the rest of the contest but the deficit was too much for them to come back.
GAME 2: GC – 9 VWU – 4
Much like game one, the Quakers were the first to strike as they put up two in the opening inning. The Marlins would get one back in the second though, courtesy of a sacrifice fly from Ellis which scored Clark.
Guilford would register another run in the third but the Marlins stormed back in the top of the fifth, tying things up at 4-4. Ellis earned a leadoff walk and made it to third after stealing second and advancing on a throwing error. That brought up Sprouse who singled him home. After another Quaker error, the Marlins had runners on second and third. That allowed Austin Obenour to sac fly and score one run. Hinson would then score on a wild pitch. The tie didn't hold long though as Guilford brought home five in the bottom of the fifth.
Baseball will have a quick turnaround as the team will square off against nationally-ranked Methodist for a single game on Monday. First pitch of that contest to come at 3 p.m.