The Maroons’ baseball team is on a four game winning streak. The streak started with a 6-1 win at home over Southern Virginia University. They traveled to Shenandoah University on Saturday and swept them 14-3 and 6-2 in a two game series.
On Wednesday, the Maroons won 5-3 at home against Lynchburg College. The impressive start to the season lead to the Maroons getting votes in the American Baseball Coaches Association’s and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association DIII Top 25 polls, for the first time in the team’s history.
In their game against Southern Virginia, freshman pitcher Kenny Mackovic didn’t allow runners to score for the opening seven innings of the game. In that time, the Maroons were able to score six runs. Dan Brodeur, sophomore, scored in the first inning after reaching first on a walk, stealing second, then being batted in by Craig Kiley, junior.
In the second inning, Kiley hit his second RBI scoring Anthony Teixeira, sophomore. In the fourth inning, Roanoke took every opportunity to steal bases. Will Black, junior, reached first on a single then stole second base. Lucas Nowlin, junior, was walked, then stole second as Black stole third. With two men on base, Eli Sumpter, sophomore, tripled, scoring both Black and Nowlin. The inning ended with Brodeur caught stealing second.
Roanoke got two more scores in the sixth inning when Brodeur hit a two RBI single, scoring Teixeira and Sumpter. In the top of the top of the eighth, Diego Meneses, sophomore, came in to pitch for the Maroons. He allowed one run for Southern Virginia. Which was their only run of the game.
In their double header against Shenandoah University, the Maroons had their best show of the season. Shenandoah was ranked number six and only had one loss before facing the Maroons. In the top of the first inning for the Maroons, the game looked promising because of poor pitching from Shenandoah. Sean Guida, sophomore, singled then advanced to second and third on two wild pitches. Guida scored putting Roanoke up to an early 1-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first it looked like Roanoke was going to struggle in this game as well. There were two fielding errors by the Maroons in the inning; they allowed stolen bases, and two unearned and one earned run. At the end of the first the Maroons were down 1-3.
For the rest of the game the Maroons were able to keep their composure. Not only were they able to fix all of their fielding issues on defense, but also they exploded on offense. The Maroons scored another 13 runs before the game was over, putting them up 14-3 to win the first game.
Guida’s performance in the game helped him win the ODAC player of the week award. Of six at bats, he scored three runs, had five hits, and five RBI. Nowlin also had an impressive day. In four at bats he had two runs, two hits, and two RBI.
The second game of the double header against Shenandoah started as a pitchers’ duel. Through the first seven innings neither team was able to score any runs.
At the top of the eighth Roanoke blew the game open. Sumpter had an RBI scoring Scott Ellis, freshman, then Guida scored Dean Hermans, freshman. Black had an RBI scoring Guida, later Black scored on an unearned run. After a pitching change for Shenandoah, Kiley scored a two run homer. This put the Maroons up 6-0 in just one inning.
In the bottom of the ninth Shenandoah threatened Roanoke’s win. After a walk, error, and a hit by pitch, the bases were loaded. The next Shenandoah player at bat walked, scoring a teammate. Roanoke made a pitching change and were able to get two quick outs. Another Shenandoah player scored before the Maroons were able to get the third out and end the game.
On Wednesday, Roanoke had a 5-3 win over Lynchburg College. The Maroons took an early lead in the first inning, scoring three. Black had an RBI scoring Guida, and Kiley singled for a two run RBI scoring Decker and Black, putting the Maroons up 3-0 early.
Throughout the game, Lynchburg chipped away at Roanoke’s lead. In the seventh inning the score was tied 3-3. In the bottom of the eighth, the Maroons were able to retake the lead. Decker, on third, was able to score on a wild pitch. Before the inning ended, Ellis had an RBI scoring Kiley. Ellis gave a show, stealing second and third base, but no one was able to score him.
Roanoke is now 11-5, 4-1 in ODAC, on the season. The Maroons return home on the 23 when they face Centre College.