Baseball Falls in ODAC Doubleheader

Randy Neisz
Randy Neisz

Baseball Falls in ODAC Doubleheader

LEXINGTON, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team battled to the final inning in the second matchup of the day, but fell twice to Washington and Lee University in an ODAC doubleheader Saturday.

Game 1: 9-1 Washington and Lee Victory

Washington and Lee posted two crooked numbers early with five runs in the second and three more in the third to take an early 8-0 lead.

Ryan Weston led off the second with an infield single, followed by a stolen base before the Marlins managed to get the next two W&L batters out. The Generals rallied on two outs, scoring five runs in the frame. Anderson Baldy, Austin Crane, Kyle Ruedisili, and Matt Wasson all posted RBI singles in the second.

The Generals scored three more in the second to extend the lead to eight runs. The inning was highlighted by a two-run single from Crane.

The Marlins got on the board in the sixth when Randy Neisz singled to right field with two outs. Neisz advanced to second after a wild pitch and was later scored on a single from Corey King, cutting the lead to 8-1.

The Generals would go on to scored one more in the bottom of the seventh, earning the momentum and game one.

Corey King was 1-for-2 for the Marlins, including one RBI. Brandon Kussmaul recorded one double in game one.

Game 2: 6-5 Washington and Lee Victory

The Marlins jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in game two, before the Generals rallied.

VWC scored two in the second on a sacrifice fly and RBI single by Cullen Bell.

Washington and Lee cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third on a Ryan Weston home run, but the Marlins posted three more in the fifth to go up 5-1. Singles by Bell and Brady Fallon, and a Neisz home run led the way offensively in the frame.

The Generals posted single runs in the sixth and the seventh, and two more in the eighth to tie the contest at five, setting up W&L's ninth-inning heroics.

Two Marlin errors and an intentional walk loaded the bases with no one out. Virginia Wesleyan forced a line out and a fielder's choice force at home plate to move just one out away from extra innings. Chadwick Feeley singled down the right-field line to post the game-winning run. 

Virginia Wesleyan (6-9/1-3) will travel to Mary Washington Monday for a 3 p.m. start.