VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its doubleheader against the University of Rochester Saturday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. The Marlins were beaten, 4-2, in the day's first game but bounced back to defeat Rochester, 2-1, in game two. With the results, the Marlins move to 2-4 on the season while Rochester goes to 1-1.
GAME 1: ROCH – 4 VWU – 2
It was a slow start to the game as neither side plated a runner until the fourth frame. Virginia Wesleyan broke onto the board first courtesy of a Yellow Jacket error. Jordan McDonough led the inning off with a single through the left side. He would advance to second on an error and would then steal third to get in scoring position. That's when another error allowed him to reach home and give the Marlins the lead.
The Marlins would double that lead in the following inning. With two outs, Brady Fallon sent a ball out of the park putting VWU up 2-0. Rochester would find its way back in the eighth though, notching all four of their runs there.
GAME 2 VWU – 2 ROCH – 1
In game two of the day, the Marlins were once again the first to get on the scoresheet. In the bottom of the second, Pilarski earned a base-on-balls with one out. In the next at-bat, Jordan Sprouse sent a ball down the left field line that allowed Pilarski to reach home.
Still up 1-0 in the bottom of the fourth, the Marlins earned what would be the clinching run. Pilarski once again got things going as he doubled with one out. Runners would then be set at the corners as Sprouse singled in the next at-bat. Reese Reid picked up the game-winning RBI as his groundout to second allowed Pilarski to get to the dish. Rochester would get one back in the sixth, but solid pitching and defense held them to just that.
Andrew Lowe got the win on the bump, allowing just one run over his 6.1 innings pitched. Doug Avery would close out the rest of the sixth making way for Zach Lubbick who held the Yellow Jackets hitless through the final two frames.
Baseball will return to action at 10 a.m. on Sunday to complete its three-game home series with Rochester.