NORFOLK, Va. – The Marymount baseball team remained untouched by Virginia Wesleyan University on Wednesday afternoon, moving their all-time record to 4-0 after an 8-2 victory on the road.
The six-run victory ties the highest win margin against the Marlins after the Saints (4-5) defeated them 9-3 in the last meeting back in 2015.
Senior pitcher Collin Bazemore got the nod on the hill, while he was also the first pitcher to start against Virginia Wesleyan back in 2015, a day he tossed four innings for just one run and three strikeouts.
On Wednesday, he dealt a better game. He went seven innings for four hits, one unearned run and six strikeouts, and earned his first win on the mound this season. He didn't walk any batters after seeing 25, while he tossed 65 strikes of his 90 total.
The only time the Saints trailed in the game was through the first inning, after an error by Marymount brought home the first run of the game. For the next seven innings, Bazemore and the field kept the Marlins silent.
On the offensive end for Marymount, the Saints erupted for eight runs through the stretch including a five-run sixth inning.
In the second and third innings, three singles up the middle brought around three runs as senior Javier Herrera knocked his in the second and junior Conner Hall and freshman Jake Mellor hit theirs in the third.
In the sixth inning, the first of five runs scored on a passed ball with Hall sprinting home. Herrera followed to score Mellor with a deep shot to left centerfield for the RBI double. Freshman James DiGiulian grounded out to third base, but registered a RBI in the process when junior Cal Berman dashed home. Cleaning the bases for the rest of Marymount's scoring for the day was junior Michael Wade, smacking his second home run of the season to score himself and Herrera.
In the eighth inning, sophomore Matthew Schneider relieved Bazemore on the mound, striking out the first batter, flying out the second to Herrera in right field, and giving up just one hit to the third batter. That hit would still end the inning, as the Marlin attempted second, but was through out by Wade from left field to the tag at second by Hall.
The final inning was given to freshman Ryan Bergenhagen, who gave up two hits and a run to seal the victory up for the Saints.
Herrera, Hall and Wade each ended the day with two hits, while Wade and Herrera registered two RBI each and Hall score twice.
Marymount returns home for a three-game stretch, hosting St. Joseph's (Brooklyn) on Saturday, March 10 for a non-conference twin bill at Bishop O'Connell High School. Game one is set to start at 12 p.m.