VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan University baseball team shutout #5 Ferrum, 2-0, Friday afternoon in Game One of the opening round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Championship. With the win the Marlins hit the 20-win plateau as they improve to 20-15. Ferrum drops to 22-17.
Low scoring was the name of the game and Andrew Lowe helped set that tone. The junior hurler went the distance on the mound for the Marlins, earning his first-career complete game shutout. Lowe faced 35 batters, punching out seven while issuing just a single walk. In innings one and three, the Panthers were able to put runners in scoring position, but the Franklin, Va. native kept his poise as he got out of both jams.
The marlins did need runs to score though, and they found them in the early goings. In the bottom of first, Dylan Gentry led off with a single to left field and then proceeded to steal second. The next batter, Jacob Pilarski, was then able to single another one into left, allowing Gentry to reach home.
Three innings later, the Marlins plated their other run of the contest. Much like the first run, the inning was led off with a single, this time by Zack Clark. Clark then stole second and a Brady Fallon single would allow Clark to make it across home plate.
A best-of-three series, baseball returns to action at 12 p.m. on Saturday to square off against Ferrum once again. If a third game is needed, it will be played roughly 30 minutes after game one.