Baseball reels in Marlins with 7-run sixth inning

Brian Sheeder's helmet flies off as he runs the bases

Virginia Beach, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's baseball team evened its Old Dominion Athletic Conference mark Tuesday with a 9-6 road win at Virginia Wesleyan.

The Hornets rallied for seven runs in the sixth inning to take the lead and held on in the late going.

Freshman left fielder Kaden Warren (Berryville, Va.) went 3-for-5 with two RBI, while freshman shortstop Brian Sheeder (Sutherland, Va.) drove in a pair of runs and walked twice in a 2-for-3 day at the plate.

Freshman third baseman Garrett Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.) enjoyed his homecoming, driving in two runs and striking out four Marlins in two innings of relief work.

Sophomore right-hander Grayson Thurman (Lynch Station, Va.) tossed a scoreless sixth to earn the win in relief, his first collegiate victory. Sophomore right-hander Santiago Meneses (Guatemala City, GUATEMALA) nailed down the save, his second of the season, with a perfect ninth.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: Lynchburg 9, Virginia Wesleyan 6

Records: Lynchburg (9-13, 3-5 ODAC), Virginia Wesleyan (10-7, 6-2 ODAC)

Venue: Kenneth R. Perry Field, Virginia Wesleyan University, Virginia Beach, Va.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Jackson put the Hornets up early with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first, but VWU took a 4-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning.

  • The Marlins led 5-1 entering the sixth before Lynchburg rallied. Warren led off the frame with a single, later stealing third and scoring as the throw skipped into left field. Freshman center fielder Carrson Atkins (Charlottesville, Va.) added an RBI single, which Sheeder followed with a bases-loaded walk to bring the Hornets within a run. A Marlins fielding miscue allowed Lynchburg to tie the game, and Warren put Lynchburg ahead with a two-run single. Jackson's RBI single capped the seven-run frame.

  • Sheeder singled home an insurance run in the seventh, and Lynchburg held on to win.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

The Hornets will take a break from ODAC play Thursday with a home non-conference matchup against Averett. First pitch on Lynchburg's Fox Field is set for 3 p.m.

--LYN--

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