For immediate release – 4/24/2014 - #339
Hornets Rally to win Opening Game of ODAC Tourney
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College baseball team came back on Sunday to make the Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball tournament. They came back again on Thursday to advance on the opening day of the tourney with a 3-1, 10th inning victory over Randolph-Macon College.
Brandon Miller (9-4) went the first nine innings for the Hornets, striking out five while scattering seven hits and walking two.
Lynchburg stranded eight runners through the first four innings, leaving Randolph-Macon an opportunity to strike first in the bottom of the fourth.
Nicholas Maiolo reached base via the hit by pitch, one of just several arrant pitches from Miller on the day. A fielding error put Tim Benjamin on base, moving Maiolo all the way to third. Blake Saathoff took advantage of the error with an infield single that plated Maiolo.
The Hornets made a charge in the seventh inning against R-MC reliever Jake Bram. After getting two quick outs, Rob Tomasulo sent a 1-1 pitch to the wall in right field. Dustin Arrowood pulled a single down the right-field line to plate Tomasulo and tie the game.
Bram sat down the Hornets in the eighth and ninth innings while Miller continued to work for Lynchburg to send the game to extra innings.
The Yellow Jackets turned to another ace reliever in the 10th, bringing in JT Williamson to face the middle of the Lynchburg lineup. With one out, Williamson surrendered a double to Wil Parsons. Coach Percy Abell called for Pat Harris to pinch hit and the junior laced a ball down the line in right to stake Lynchburg its first lead of the tournament.
Jake Tanner followed with the third straight two-bagger for the Hornets as he sent a ball deep to left. It ricocheted off the top of the wall, came back into play, and allowed pinch runner Ryan Katona to race home for the final margin.
Matt Fischgrund worked five scoreless innings for Randolph-Macon (22-14) while allowing just three hits against five walks and five strikeouts. Benjamin and Saathoff each had two hits for the Yellow Jackets.
Tanner had a pair of hits for the Hornets as Charlie Thieringer picked up his first save with a scoreless 10th inning.
Miller improves his career record to 22-8, leaving him one win away from tying the school record. The nine wins are a new season-high for the junior.
Lynchburg (24-11) will play the winner of Bridgewater College and Washington and Lee University Friday at 6 p.m.