Photo Courtesy of Roanoke Athletics
Article Written by Ray Osterhout
The Maroons have been off to a hot start in their rst 10 games, recording an 8-2 record.
On Feb. 28 in a game against Ferrum College, it was no different, as senior Will Black record- ed for hits for the team.
Also Black had three RBI’s and two runs scored.
Sal Trancucci pitched 2.1 innings of relief to improve to 2-0 on the season, allowing only three hits and one run. John Ruhlman picked up the three inning save, allowing one hit and striking out two. Ruhlman had been struggling a bit over his last two games as the starter, but looked to regain his condence by coming out of the bullpen.
Roanoke took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Black scored on a wild pitch.
Ferrum then scored single runs in the second and third innings to go out in front 2-1. In the bottom of the third inning, back-to-back doubles by Dan Brodeur and Cody Shell tied the game at 2-2. Black then singled to score Shell and give RC a 3-2 lead. After Sean Guida doubled to put runners on second and third, Drew Mikula singled to plate them both and make it a 5-2 game.
Ferrum got a pair of runs back in the fourth inning, scoring two unearned runs following a Lane Deaver RBI single that made it a 5-4 game. Ferrum tied the game at 5-5 in the fifth inning, but the Maroons took the lead for good in the bottom of the fth behind an RBI single from Collier Donald. They capitalized on a throwing error by the Panthers and went up 7-5.
From there, Ruhlman closed the door and Black tacked on two more of his RBI’s in the late innings to send the Maroons to 9 and 2 on the season.
Roanoke will host Susquehanna on March 4 for a double-header at noon.