SALISBURY, Md. – The Virginia Wesleyan University needed extra innings to secure a 4-2 victory over No. 17 Salisbury Tuesday afternoon on the road. With the result, the Marlins move to .500 on the season with a 5-5 record. Salisbury moves to 5-3-1.
The Marlins found themselves down early as the Sea Gulls plated a runner in both the third and the fourth. Virginia Wesleyan cut the lead in half though in the top of the fifth. Nick Price got things going as he led off with a double down the left field line. Jordan Sprouse would lay down a sacrifice bunt to push Price to second and Dylan Gentry would single up the middle to drive home the Marlins' first run of the night.
Both teams would go runless until the top of the ninth, where the Marlins would tie things up. With two outs, Jordan McDonough would get plunked and take first. He would advance to second as Zack Clark singled to the third basemen. Jonathan Webb would earn himself a walk to load the bases and with a full count, Sprouse takes the fourth ball to walk in the game-tying run.
After both sides went three up, three down in the 10th, the Marlins were able to break the deadlock. McDonough would open up the frame with a single through the right side. Tyriq Campbell would then come in to pinch hit and would put runners on the corner as he flared one out to right field. After a pass ball put Cullen Bell (pinch running for Campbell) on second, Sprouse would come up big again, as his single down the left field line allowed both runners to make it home. Adam Brooks did the rest on the mound as he struck the Sea Gulls first two batters of the bottom of the inning and forced a groundout to seal the victory.
Robert Cook would get the start on the bump allowing just a single run through the first 2.1 innings. He would be relieved by Doug Avery who went 1.2 innings allowing the other Sea Gull run. Ryan Mason took the rubber next for the Marlins giving up just one hit over his 1.1 innings of relief. Brooks then came in for a for what would be a career-high 5.2 innings where he would hold Salisbury scoreless en route to the win.
Baseball will return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday as the team opens up its conference play with a home doubleheader against Bridgewater.