Five-Run Eighth Helps Baseball Defeat No. 15 Randolph-Macon

Five-Run Eighth Helps Baseball Defeat No. 15 Randolph-Macon

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -  The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team took down No. 15 Randolph-Macon, 7-4, Wednesday afternoon on Kenneth R. Perry Field to complete the season sweep of the Yellow Jackets. With the win, the Marlins improve to 16-12 on the season and 11-6 in conference action. Randolph-Macon goes to 17-7-1 on the year (12-4-1).

The Yellow Jackets opened up with two runs in the first but the Marlins knotted things back up over the next two innings. Jordan McDonough led the second off with a double and was moved to third after a Zack Clark sacrifice bunt. He would then score in the next at-bat as Brady Fallon grounded out to the shortstop. The team notched another in the third beginning with Daniel Petro who was hit by a pitch and then made it to third on an error by the short stop. Josh Hinson then knocked a single up the middle to plate the senior.

Macon answered with a pair of runs in the fifth and scoring went quite until the bottom of the eighth. It was there the Marlins capitalized on some Yellow Jacket errors to put up a five-spot. Hinson got on base via Macon error to start the inning and made it to third on two consecutive wild pitches. Dylan Gentry then singled to score him. Jacob Pilarski would then make it to first on another Macon error and a McDonough double moved everyone two bags, scoring Gentry. A Clark walk would load the bases for Fallon who singled to plate Pilarski. Jordan Sprouse then earned a base-on-balls to score another run and a Cody Ellis sac fly would score Clark to make it 7-4.

Pitching was a key part for the Marlins, beginning with Jay Crusemire who went 7.0 innings, striking out six in the process. Andrew Lowe came in in the eighth, picking up the win and Pilarski would toss the final inning to earn the save.

Baseball returns to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as the squad heads to Guilford for a doubleheader with the Quakers.