The baseball team had a narrow 3-2 victory over the Lynchburg College Hornets on Tuesday.
Lynchburg started the scoring early, scoring one run in the bottom of the first. For the first few innings, Roanoke seemed very deflated; they appeared to have an issue getting men on base.
In the top of the fifth, the Maroons were starting to show some life.
Collier Donald reached first base on a fielder’s choice, then advanced to second on an error by the second baseman. On the next batter he advanced to third. With two outs, Sean Guida was walked. When Anthony Teixeira was up to bat, Guida stole second. Unfortunately Teixeira lined out, ending the inning with two runners on base.
Roanoke finally made progress in the top of the sixth. The first two batters for the Maroons got out. The next batter, Clark Crutchfield, was walked. Will Black singled to left field and Crutchfield advanced to second. With two men on, Lynchburg decided to make a pitching change.
Fortunately, this did not impact the Maroons. On a passed ball, Black and Crutchfield both advanced. Eli Sumpter was walked and the bases were loaded. In the next at bat, Lynchburg’s pitcher walked Donald, which led to Crutchfield scoring. Scott Ellis fouled out, ending the inning with three men left on base, but the Maroons had tied it 1-1.
However, this score didn’t persist. Lynchburg had a batter hit a double to left center. Then, he advanced to third when the next batter grounded out. The runner scored on a sacrifice fly, giving the Hornets a slim 2-1 lead over Roanoke.
The Maroons made headway in the top of the seventh. Teixeira was the first on base with a double to right field. With two outs, Will Decker also hit a double to right field, scoring Teixeira. Following him, Crutchfield doubled to left field, and Decker scored. This put Roanoke up 3-2.
The Maroons were able to hold onto this small lead and win the game.
Crutchfield had three hits in four at bats as well as one run, and one RBI in the match. Teixeira also had a good outing with two hits, two walks, a run, and a stolen base.
Harrison Richards pitched eight innings for the Maroons, and was awarded the win. He is now 4-2 this season. Of 27 batters, he allowed six hits, two runs, and had two errors.
Earlier in the week, the Maroons suffered two large losses at home, 1-10 and 4-10, in a double header against Washington and Lee.
Roanoke is now 18-11 this season. They will be facing Virginia Wesleyan this weekend in a double header with games starting at 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM at Lewis-Gale Field in Salem.