Big Fourth Inning Lifts Mary Washington over Marlins
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team rallied in the ninth but could not overcome a big Mary Washington fourth inning in a 7-6 loss Monday afternoon.
Mary Washington got on the board first with a pair of runs in the first. Brian Burns was hit by a pitch to start the game, moving to second on a single by Thomas Weaver. Stephen Johnston doubled down the left-field line to score Burns. Ramsis Ruiz singled through the hole in the left side to plate Weaver with the second run.
The Marlins drove in three runs in the third to take the lead. Kussmaul led off the inning with a walk before Corey King reached on an error. A double from Justin Erby scored Kussmaul to tie the game at two. Back-to-back sacrifice flies from Randy Neisz and Deon Hammond gave the Marlins the 4-2 lead.
The Eagles capitalized on a huge fourth inning to take the lead for good. Mary Washington, after putting the first two runners on, capitalized on a wild pitch to race across its third run. A single by Weaver loaded the bases from Christian Hague. The Eagle first baseman launched a ball deep over the wall in dead center field for a grand slam, making the score 7-4.
Both bullpens kept the game scoreless until the ninth inning. Alex Shapiro (1-0) picked up the win after allowing just one hit while walking three and striking out four in four innings. Luke Chiasson went 3.2 innings for the Marlins in relief, allowing just two hits while striking out three.
Virginia Wesleyan (16-13/7-5) will travel to No. 15/16 Randolph Macon College (20-7/9-3) on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. for an ODAC contest.