VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team took down No. 19 Methodist University, 4-3, Monday afternoon on the road. With the win, the Marlins improve to 18-13 while the Monarchs go to 31-7.
All the Marlin offense came in the third inning and that was all the team needed to seal up the win. Austin Obenour got things going as he doubled to left to start the inning. Dylan Gentry followed that with a walk and as he proceeded steal second, the throw overshot the second basemen and Obenour was able to take home. Jacob Pilarski then singled to put runners on the corners and Jordan McDonough loaded things as he was plunked by a pitch.
With the bases juiced, Zack Clark sent a ball way into left field that was caught but allowed every runner to advance one base. Brady Fallon followed that with a sacrifice bunt to make it 3-0. The final run would come by way of a Monarch error as the pitcher tossed a wild pitch and McDonough was able to reach.
Pitching played a major factor in keeping Methodist from coming back. CJ Morris tossed the first 3.0 innings, allowing just a isngle run. Robert Cook relieved him after that and would go on to pick up his first collegiate victory. In the eighth, Noah Riffle threw a hitless frame and Adam Brooks came in the ninth, picking up his third save of teh season.
Baseball returns to action at 4 p.m. on Tuesday as the team heads to Hampden-Sydney for a single game.