Marlins Return to ODAC Action Saturday for Senior Day
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.-- Following a big conference sweep against Lynchburg College, the Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team will travel to non-conference opponent Methodist on Wednesday before returning home Saturday for Senior Day with doubleheader against conference opponent Emory and Henry.
The Marlins (18-14/9-6) will travel to Methodist University (15-20) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Virginia Wesleyan defeated the Monarchs earlier this season, with an 8-4 victory in Virginia Beach. Chance Pauley picked up the win in that contest, allowing just two hits in five innings. Deon Hammond went 3-for-5 at the plate, falling just a double shy of the cycle.
The Monarchs are coming off a split to North Carolina Wesleyan. The Monarchs boast a .277 team batting average while Brennan Brown leads with a .352 batting average followed by three other Monarchs whom are all batting above .300.
The Marlins might see senior Tyler Hardee on the mound. He has appeared in eleven games with six starts, going 4-2 with a 4.50 ERA and 43 strikeouts. Methodist went with a bullpen by committee approach the last time the squads faced off with Sam Berman taking the loss after surrendering three runs in the second inning.
Virginia Wesleyan will host Emory and Henry (15-19/5-9) for a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game scheduled for a noon first pitch.
Emory and Henry is on a three-game winning streak and as a squad, is currently batting .300 in the month of April, its best monthly average of the season. The Wasps lineup features five hitters all batting above .300 while Ben Sexton leads the team in extra base hits with seven doubles on the season, resulting in a .513 slugging percentage. Eli Straw is another major power threat for the Wasps, with five home runs on the season.
For the Marlins, Justin Erby paces the Marlin offense with a .417 as six Marlins hit better than .300 on the campaign. Corey King has been a major contributor offensively as he leads the team with 11 doubles this season.
The Marlins swept the Wasps on the road last year, winning the pair by scores of 14-10 and 15-7.
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