LYNCHBURG, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team used a ninth inning comeback to seal a 6-4 victory over Lynchburg Tuesday afternoon on the road. With the victory, the Marlins improve to 13-11 on the season and 8-5 in conference action. Lynchburg slides to 14-15 on the year (7-7 ODAC).
Down 4-3 in the top of the ninth, the Marlins needed some help to keep the game alive. Daniel Petro got on base on a throwing error and was able to get to second as the ball fled the park. Reese Reid would lay down a sac bunt to move him to third and the Marlins attempted a suicide squeeze as Jordan Sprouse laid down a bunt in the next at-bat but Petro was tagged at the plate for the second out. With the game on the line, Cody Ellis used a hard fought at-bat (fouling off four pitches) and eventually produced a single to get Miles Christian (pinch running for Sprouse) in scoring position. Brady Fallon was then walked to load the base, which brought up Jacob Pilarski. The pre-season All-American used patience at the plate to earn a walk, plating the tying run. In the next at-bat, Jordan McDonough took the first pitch through the infield, allowing the Marlins to take the lead as a pair scored. Adam Brooks would come in for the bottom of the frame, allowing a pair to get on, but ultimately nullifying any chance of an equalizer.
The Marlins held an early lead, plating one in the top of the second. Zack Clark made it on via Hornet error and moved to second on a wild pitch. Petro then drove him home with a single into left. Virginia Wesleyan went up 2-0 in the next stanza as a sacrifice fly allowed Pilarski to reach home.
Lynchburg battled back though, tying it in the fifth. The lead would once again be taken by the Marlins in the sixth, courtesy of a solo shot from Pilarski, but Lynchburg had another as they took the lead with a two run bottom of the frame.
Jay Crusemire tossed 117 pitches through 8.0 innings to earn the save and move to 5-1 on the year. Like previously mentioned, Brooks picked up his second save of the year as he closed out the ninth.
It's a quick turn around for the baseball team as it host North Carolina Wesleyan College at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday for a single game.