Baseball ends regular season with win over Saints

Pitcher Jeremy Blasiole gets the sign from the catcher.

Lynchburg, Va. -- Lynchburg College's baseball team concluded the 2018 regular season Wednesday afternoon with a 9-6 come-from-behind non-conference win over Marymount.

The Hornets used 10 pitchers in the win, nine of whom didn't allow an earned run. Senior southpaw Jeremy Blasiole (Smithfield, Va.) earned his first collegiate win with a scoreless eighth inning, and after Lynchburg took the lead in the bottom of the inning, senior right-hander Kyle Jacksic (Hardwick, N.J.) collected his first-career save.

Senior first baseman Matt Ward (Newton, N.C.) drove in three runs with a 2-for-5 day at the plate, while senior designated hitter Will Harris (Halifax, Va.) picked up the game-winning RBI with an eighth-inning infield single.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Lynchburg 9, Marymount 6

Records: Lynchburg 16-22, Marymount 13-23

Venue: James C. Fox Field, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • After Marymount scooped up an early 1-0 lead, the Hornets responded with a three-run first inning kicked off by Ward's RBI single and followed by a two-run double by senior center fielder Brad Hylton (Danville, Va.).

  • The Saints tied the game in the second inning, but LC jumped back on top in the third by means of an RBI double off the bat of senior catcher Matthew Cotton (Charlotte, N.C.).

  • Marymount assumed a 6-5 lead in the seventh when two runs came home on a Hornets fielding miscue.

  • Lynchburg fought right back with four runs in the bottom of the eighth. Sophomore left fielder Will Edwards (Midlothian, Va.) led off the inning with a walk and came home on a sacrifice fly from junior third baseman Griffin Wild (Severna Park, Md.) to tie the game at 6. Harris' infield hit with the bases loaded scored senior catcher Matthew Stevens (Annandale, Va.), and Ward gave LC some breathing room with a two-run, two-out single to left field.

  • Jacksic hit the first batter he faced to give the Saints a ninth-inning baserunner, but the senior induced a game-ending 6-4-3 double play two batters later.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will enter the upcoming Old Dominion Athletic Conference as the No. 6 six seed and will travel to third-seeded Roanoke for a best-of-three series starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Salem Memorial Stadium.

--LC--