Baseball Closes out Regular Season with Conference Foes

Jimmy Ziemke  Photo by: Jerry Sprouse - jerrysprouse.photoreflect.com
Jimmy Ziemke Photo by: Jerry Sprouse - jerrysprouse.photoreflect.com

Baseball Closes out Regular Season with Conference Foes

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. --  Preparing for the conference tournament, the Virginia Wesleyan College baseball team will face two conference opponents this week. The Marlins will host Hampden-Sydney College on Thursday, and then travel to No. 1 Shenandoah University on Saturday.

The Marlins (18-17/9-8) will take on Hampden-Sydney (20-15/9-8) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with ODAC positioning on the line. Virginia Wesleyan defeated Hampden-Sydney earlier this season, with a 6-3 road victory. Chance Pauley picked up the win in that contest, allowing three runs while striking out four in 6.1 innings. Brady Fallon went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double and two runs scored.

Hampden-Sydney is coming off a sweep of Eastern Mennonite University to help its cause of making the conference tournament. The Tigers boast a .290 team batting average while Jayson Maitland leads with a .319 batting average followed by five starters whom are all batting above .300.

The Marlins might see Chase Mayberry on the mound. He has appeared in ten games, with four starts, going 4-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 43 strikeouts. Hampden-Sydney went deep into their bullpen the last time the squads faced off with Jimmy Butler taking the loss after surrendering five runs in five innings.

Virginia Wesleyan will travel to No. 1 Shenandoah (31-3/14-3) for a doubleheader on Saturday with the first game scheduled for a noon first pitch.

The top-ranked team in the country is on a five-game winning streak and as a squad, is currently batting .334 on the season. The Hornet lineup features six hitters all batting above .300 while Luke Nussman leads the team, and the ODAC, with a .469 average. Jake Loew is another major threat as he leads the team and conference in runs batted in with 47.

Justin Erby paces the Virginia Wesleyan offense, leading the team in slugging percentage, home runs and RBI. He should see his name in the three-hole all week. Six Marlins hit better than .300 on the campaign.

Patrick Monteverde is a major threat on the mound for the Marlins. He is fourth in the ODAC in both ERA and strikeouts and will draw a start against Shenandoah on Saturday.

The Marlins split with the Hornets at home last year, winning the first by a score of 6-1 and losing the second, 1-0.

Six teams will make the upcoming ODAC tournament, which will start next Thursday, May 4. Shenandoah, with a 14-3 ODAC record, has locked up a spot, as has Washington and Lee (14-3) and Randolph-Macon (12-6). The VWC-HSC winner will also earn a spot, with the other two spots to be sorted out after Saturday's results.

Important links for the upcoming week:

Thursday, April 27 vs. Hampden-Sydney (3:30 p.m.)
Live Stats

Saturday, April 29 at Shenandoah (noon/3:30 p.m.)
Live Stats (Game 1)
Live Stats (Game 2)