VIRGINIA BEACH -- Virginia Wesleyan College had the comeback in place with bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday against Hampden-Sydney College at Marlins Field.
Senior Josh Miller (Norfolk/Greenbrier Christian), sophomore Jordan Miller (Chesapeake/Grassfield) and senior Billy Crowe (Bath, N.Y./Haverling)all produced a single each as the Marlins ignited the threat to wipe out H-SC's 5-1 lead. The Marlins did punch out one run, but could extend the hitting to continue the rally.
Hampden-Sydney's Tigers posted a 5-2 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) victory to improve to 19-15 overall and to 11-7 in the league. Virginia Wesleyan fell to 11-22 and to 8-10 in the league.
H-SC took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Virginia Wesleyan tied the score in the bottom of the same inning. Sophomore Casey Bryant (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes) knocked a single in to right center field to score senior Ken Belgrave (Norfolk/Granby), who reached base on a fielder's choice earlier.
The score stayed 1-1 until the top of the fifth when Hampden-Sydney scored twice. The Tigers added solo runs in the sixth and the seventh innings. Virginia Wesleyan left bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning and two on in the bottom of the ninth.
Both teams finished with 10 hits. Junior Brett Sutryk (Bath, N.Y./Haverling), Bryant and Jordan Miller led VWC with two hits each. John Lloyd (Glen Allen/Deep Run) led H-SC with a triple and two singles.
Dylan Stoskus started on the mound for VWC and worked six innings. He struck out three batters, walked two and gave up seven hits and two earned runs. Brooks Kirby (Warwickshire, England/Cobham) and Hunter Austin (Rockville/Patrick Henry) also pitched for the Marlins.
Hunter Lewis took the pitching win for H-SC after seven innings of work. He fanned five batters, walked one and gave up six hits and one earned run. Billy Nixon (Sedley/Southampton) and Luke Rabiej (Alexandria/Bishop Ireton) followed on the mound.
Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Friday, April 19, against Southern Virginia University in Covington, Virginia at 7 p.m.