Virginia Beach, Va. -- The Lynchburg College baseball team staved off a late Virginia Wesleyan rally in Game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader, scoring the go-ahead run on a balk in the 11th inning to salvage an Old Dominion Athletic Conference split. The Marlins won Game 1, 6-2, before Lynchburg took the nightcap, 8-7 in 11 innings.
Game 1 Final: Virginia Wesleyan 6, Lynchburg 2
Game 2 Final: Lynchburg 8, Virginia Wesleyan 7 (11 inn.)
Records: Lynchburg (14-17, 7-11 ODAC), Virginia Wesleyan (20-10, 12-3 ODAC)
Venue: Kenneth R. Perry Field, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Virginia Wesleyan took the lead with two run in the bottom of the second and retained the advantage throughout the game. The Marlins added single runs in the third and fourth innings for a 4-0 lead.
Lynchburg got on the board in the top of the fifth when Powell singled home senior first baseman Matt Ward (Newton, N.C.)
After the Marlins added another two runs in the sixth on an LC error, the Hornets brought home their second run in the eighth when sophomore third baseman Colin Corey (Springfield, Va.) walked with the bases loaded.
Junior left-hander Matt Kane (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) took the loss for Lynchburg, allowing two runs in two innings.
Lynchburg turned the tables on the back end of the twinbill, scoring twice in the top of the first. Sophomore left fielder Shawn Allen (Columbus, N.J.) doubled home Corey for LC's first run, and the Hornets scored on the next batter as senior right fielder Will Harris (Halifax, Va.) brought home Hylton with an RBI groundout to third.
Virginia Wesleyan cut the lead in half with a first-inning run, but LC added two more the next half-inning on an RBI groundout by Powell and a sacrifice fly by senior catcher Matthew Stevens (Annandale, Va.).
VWU cut the lead to 4-3 with a pair of third-inning runs, but Lynchburg extended the lead again in the fourth when Powell, Stevens, and Corey all notched RBIs. The Marlins committed two errors in the frame to assist in the rally.
The Marlins used the longball to tie the game in the late innings, smacking a pair of solo homers in the sixth and seventh innings and a two-run shot in the eighth that tied the game, 7-7.
The score would remain that way until the 11th, when Harris led the inning off with a single, advanced to second on a walk, third on a groundout, and scored on a Marlins balk.
Senior right-hander David Goulding (Lynchburg, Va.) retired the Marlins in order in the bottom half to preserve the lead. Goulding pitched 5 ⅓ innings of shutout ball to earn the win.
Lynchburg will take a break from league action, heading to Ferrum for a midweek contest on Wednesday, April 18 at 6 p.m. The game will be the last non-conference tilt between the two, as the Panthers are poised to join the ODAC for the 2018-19 school year.