VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team picked up its first win of the season as it dropped the University of Mary Washington, 7-4, Tuesday afternoon at Kenneth R. Perry Field. With the win the Marlins improve to 1-3 on the year while the Eagles slide to 1-1.
The Marlins got things going quick as the plated a single run in each of the first three innings. Dylan Gentry led off the bottom of the first with a double and got to third on a wild pitch. He would reach home two batters later on a groundout by Brady Fallon. The following inning, Zack Clark would earn a lead of single and get moved over on a Daniel Petro sacrifice bunt. Tyriq Campbell would then laser a single into right allowing Clark to get home. The score would then increase to 3-0 in the third courtesy of a Jordan McDonough single. Fallon earned a base-on-balls earlier and the Marlins got to on with Austin Obenour single. McDonough then sent a shot to left that allowed Fallon to get home from second.
Mary Washington would take a4-3 lead over the next two innings, but in the bottom of the fourth, the Marlins answered with a four-run frame. With one out, Fallon doubled to center. Obenour would hit a single to the outfield that plated Fallon in the next at-bat. After McDonough walked and the runners advanced on a wild pitch, Petro, grounded out to plate the Marlin at third. Clark would then then score on a pass ball. Solid pitching from CJ Morris and Jacob Pilarski would nullify any chance of an Eagle comeback over the next three innings.
Andrew Lowe got the start, holding UMW hitless over 3.0 innings. Jay Crusemire would come in for 1.1 but would be replaced by Morris, whose 1.2 innings earned him his first collegiate win. Pilarski would collect the save as he tossed the final 3.0, striking out four in the process.
Baseball will return to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday as the team will host the University of Rochester for a doubleheader.