FERRUM, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team split its twin bill with Ferrum Saturday afternoon on the road. The Marlins took game one by a score of 7-2 before dropping game two 10-6. With the result, the Marlins move to 11-9 on the season and go to 7-3 in conference play. Ferrum goes to 18-8 on the season (9-3 ODAC).
GAME 1: VWU - 7 FC - 2
It was a long ball game for the Marlins as the squad crushed three home runs before Ferrum could even get on the board. Things began with Reese Reid, who crushed a two-run shot in the top of the fourth. Two batters later, Jacob Pilarski mimicked his efforts with a two-run shot of his own. Up 4-0, Daniel Petro got a chance to take one deep, leading off the top of the sixth with a home run to left field.
The Panthers would cut the lead to just three runs over the next two innings, but a two-RBI single by Brady Fallon in the top of the ninth added enough to ensure the Marlin victory.
Andrew Lowe picked up his third win of the year, allowing just a single run through 6.2 innings of work and striking out seven. Adam Brooks came in for the next 0.1 innings and Doug Avery, CJ Morris and Robert Cook would keep the Panthers hitless for the final 2.0 frames.
GAME 2: FC - 10 VWU -6
Virginia Wesleyan got off to an early start as they tallied a pair in th opening frame. Jordan McDonough, Austin Obenour and Zach Clark hit back-to-back-to-back doubles with the first two batters scoring. Ferrum answered back though collecting eight through the next four innings.
In the sixth, the Marlins added two more. Obenour led off with a single and was moved to second on a throwing error. That brought up Fallon who doubled to score Obenour. Fallon would score in the next at-bat on another Ferrum error.
Down 10-4 in the final inning, the Marlins attempted a comeback as Pilarski and McDonough picked up RBI singles but the comeback fell short.
Baseball returns to the diamond at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday as the team travels to North Carolina Wesleyan College for a single game with the battling Bishops.