Salem, Va. -- University of Lynchburg's baseball team suffered a pair of late-inning losses on the road Saturday to Roanoke, 6-5 and 10-7, the second in 11 innings.The Hornets wrapped up Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season play with an 11-11 record and will carry the No. 7 seed into the league tournament, setting up a first-round best-of-three series back at Roanoke next weekend.
Graduate student Kinston Carson (Tappahannock, Va.) reached base nine times and drove in three runs for the Hornets on the doubleheader. The southpaw earned a no-decision as the Game 1 starter on the mound as well.
Freshman third baseman Garrett Jackson (Virginia Beach, Va.) collected three hits and six RBI on the day, including a two-run home run in the nightcap.
Game 1 Final: Roanoke 6, Lynchburg 5
Game 2 Final: Roanoke 10, Lynchburg 7 (11 inn.)
Records: Lynchburg (18-20, 11-11 ODAC), Roanoke (19-16, 16-6 ODAC)
Venue: Kiwanis Field, Salem, Va.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Roanoke took an early 3-0 lead as Robbie Edwards slugged a three-run home run in the first inning.
With RC leading 4-0 after five innings, Lynchburg cut the lead to one run in the sixth after RBI knocks from Jackson, Carson, and freshman right fielder Kaden Warren (Berryville, Va.).
Jackson tied the game, 5-5, in the seventh with a two-run single.
Roanoke catcher PK Cocolis walked the Maroons off with a one-out RBI single in the ninth to steal the win.
The Hornets took an early lead in the first inning when sophomore first baseman Avery Combs (Lynchburg, Va.) was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, but Roanoke tied the ballgame in the bottom half.
Lynchburg took a 5-1 lead in the second, scoring on an RBI fielder's choice by freshman third baseman Brandon Pond (Chesterfield, Va.) and a three-run homer off Jackson's bat.
Carson delivered a two-run double in the next inning for a 7-1 lead, but Roanoke cut the lead with three runs in the bottom half.
Neither team scored again until the ninth, when the Maroons scored thrice. Sophomore right-hander Santiago Meneses (Guatemala City, GUATEMALA) came in for the final two outs of the inning, his second appearance of the afternoon, to send the game to extra innings.
Roanoke won the ballgame in the 11th when Cale Agee slugged a walk-off three-run home run.
The Hornets will wrap up the regular season Tuesday, April 30 with a non-conference bout with Greensboro College. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.