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Roanoke College’s baseball team began their season with encouraging success.  The team beat both Ferrum College and Southern Virginia University in their first two games.  Wed., they took their first fall to Ferrum.

With only two seniors on the team this year, head coach Larry Wood does not know what to expect.

“You expect the youth to come out but I’m also excited because they are so young,” Wood said. “They aren’t under the same pressure as older players.”

The team consists of mostly freshman and sophomores and a handful of juniors, Wood explains.  They are careful not to beat themselves up over mistakes but learn quickly and step up wherever they are needed.

Even with the small number of experienced team members, there is really good leadership.

John Terlesky ’11 is a pitcher but stepped up to play designated hitter in Wednesday’s game against Ferrrum.

Joseph Peery ’12 is another pitcher that has demonstrated strong leadership and potential.  C.J. Poad ’13 had his first start behind the plate on Wed..

Last week in their season opener, Jacob Clifton ’14 made his debut going two-for-four with a double and four RBI.  Jeremy Seipp ’14 offered the first run with a RBI-single in the second inning.  Robbie Scott ’13 batted in Clifton and the Maroons took an early lead in the third inning.  They clung to their lead throughout, ending the game 10-8.

The Maroons bagged another win on Mon. in a riveting game against Southern Virginia.  The boys started slowly, down by two but picked up the pace in the fourth inning to lead 4-2.  They didn’t stop there.

Entering the final inning, the Maroons led 6-4 but the Knights put a fight bringing the score 7-6 before RC took its turn at bat.

Scott and Matt Wallman ’12 each had a base hit, putting runners on first and second.  Seipp hit a double, tying the game.  With two outs, Wallman scored off a wild pitch. Giving it everything he had, he slid into home plate head-first, and the Maroons took a second win.

While the team starts off their season with the best opening record they have seen, Wood recognizes that anything could happen as the season progresses.

“With 40 games, you never know.  We play pitch by pitch and inning by inning,” Wood said.

The Maroons held strong as they faced Ferrum again on Wed..  Clifton and Jacob McMillan ’14 both scored in the eighth inning tying the game at four-all.  However, Ferrum scored three more times before the ninth inning ended and the Maroons were unable to keep up.  They are now 2-1 as their season continues.

The boys head to North Carolina for the Methodist Open this weekend.  They will play four games in hopes to keep their winning record. 

Roanoke College’s baseball team began their season with encouraging success.  The team beat both Ferrum College and Southern Virginia University in their first two games.  Wed., they took their first fall to Ferrum.

With only two seniors on the team this year, head coach Larry Wood does not know what to expect.

“You expect the youth to come out but I’m also excited because they are so young,” Wood said. “They aren’t under the same pressure as older players.”

The team consists of mostly freshman and sophomores and a handful of juniors, Wood explains.  They are careful not to beat themselves up over mistakes but learn quickly and step up wherever they are needed.

Even with the small number of experienced team members, there is really good leadership.

John Terlesky ’11 is a pitcher but stepped up to play designated hitter in Wednesday’s game against Ferrrum.

Joseph Peery ’12 is another pitcher that has demonstrated strong leadership and potential.  C.J. Poad ’13 had his first start behind the plate on Wed..

Last week in their season opener, Jacob Clifton ’14 made his debut going two-for-four with a double and four RBI.  Jeremy Seipp ’14 offered the first run with a RBI-single in the second inning.  Robbie Scott ’13 batted in Clifton and the Maroons took an early lead in the third inning.  They clung to their lead throughout, ending the game 10-8.

The Maroons bagged another win on Mon. in a riveting game against Southern Virginia.  The boys started slowly, down by two but picked up the pace in the fourth inning to lead 4-2.  They didn’t stop there.

Entering the final inning, the Maroons led 6-4 but the Knights put a fight bringing the score 7-6 before RC took its turn at bat.

Scott and Matt Wallman ’12 each had a base hit, putting runners on first and second.  Seipp hit a double, tying the game.  With two outs, Wallman scored off a wild pitch. Giving it everything he had, he slid into home plate head-first, and the Maroons took a second win.

While the team starts off their season with the best opening record they have seen, Wood recognizes that anything could happen as the season progresses.

“With 40 games, you never know.  We play pitch by pitch and inning by inning,” Wood said.

The Maroons held strong as they faced Ferrum again on Wed..  Clifton and Jacob McMillan ’14 both scored in the eighth inning tying the game at four-all.  However, Ferrum scored three more times before the ninth inning ended and the Maroons were unable to keep up.  They are now 2-1 as their season continues.

The boys head to North Carolina for the Methodist Open this weekend.  They will play four games in hopes to keep their winning record.