FINAL SCORE: Virginia Wesleyan 8, Apprentice School 4
RECORDS: Virginia Wesleyan 10-5; Apprentice School 13-10
LOCATION: Marlins Field/Virginia Beach, VA
IN BRIEF: A five-run fourth inning from the homestanding Marlins put the hosts ahead to stay as Virginia Wesleyan defeated The Apprentice School 8-4 on Tuesday afternoon.
HOW THEY SCORED
- The Builders opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning as Brock Harris started with a single and took second on a balk. A Mark Labrador groundout moved him to third where he scored on a sacrifice fly from Ryan Hendrickson. Lee Rossi followed with a walk and scored on a single from Christian Burton for a 2-0 lead.
- VWC cut the deficit in half with a run in the bottom of the first as Matt Murray singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch.
- In the third, Harris was hit by a pitch and stole second before scoring on a Rossi single to center as the Builders pushed the advantage to 3-1.
- The hosts erupted in the fourth inning for five runs highlighted by a two-run single from Murray and a two-run double from Taylor Erby as they took a 6-3 lead.
- Apprentice School scored a run in the sixth inning without a hit as walks to Rossi, Burton and Mike Brumfield loaded the bases before a wild pitch plated Rossi to trim the margin to 6-4.
- A pair of errors in the bottom of the seventh helped score the final two runs for VWC to take the 8-4 victory.
BEHIND THE BOXSCORE
- Seven Builders had one hit each in the game as they were out-hit 10-7.
- Harris saw his consecutive hit streak end at nine after his first inning single. He had a hit in his final plate appearance on Saturday against Central Penn College, went 7-for-7 in a Sunday doubleheader and had a hit in the first inning Tuesday.
- Rossi and Harris scored two runs each, while Hendrickson, Rossi and Burton each drove in a run.
- Taylor Gomer took the loss throwing 6.1 innings and allowing 10 hits with three strikeouts.
- Murray was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and drove in two to pace the Marlins at the plate.
The Builders will return to War Memorial Stadium for four games over this coming weekend. They will face Penn State Brandywine in a three-game series starting on Friday at 5 pm with a single game, before taking on the Nittany Lions in a doubleheader on Saturday starting at noon. The weekend will close with a 2pm game on Sunday against Christopher Newport University.