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Roanoke Baseball Tops The Panthers

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by Emily Sierra Poertner

The Maroons topped the Ferrum College Panthers 4-3 on Tuesday.

Roanoke scored the first run of the game in the top of the third quarter. Will Black made it to first with a hit to right field. He advanced to second off an error by the first basemen. Will Decker was at bat and singled to center scoring Black.

Ferrum responded in the bottom of the third. There were two men on base, and two outs. The next three batters for the Panthers each had a single that resulted in an RBI. This put Ferrum on top 3-1 over the Maroons.

Two innings later, in the top of the fifth, Roanoke started to hack away at Ferrum’s lead. It was an odd inning for the Maroons, after a Ferrum pitching change. Sean Guida singled with a bunt. When Black was at bat, Guida stole second. Black was eventually walked.

On a throw, Guida advanced to third and Black to second, but because of an error by Ferrum’s catcher, Guida was able to score an unearned run. After this score, the next three batters got out very quickly, ending the inning.

The Maroons were now within one run of the Panthers. In the sixth inning, Roanoke retook the lead. It started when Anthony Teixeria walked. In the next at bet, Collier Donald doubled to center field, and Teixeira scored. This tied the game 3-3.

Ross Stricklan grounded out, but Donald was able to advance to third. Guida hit a double to left field, scoring Donald. Ferrum made another pitching change, only needing one out to end the inning. Black singled then Eli Sumpter reached on an error. The bases were loaded but the inning ended in the next at bat with a pop up from Decker.

Micheal Mares pitched the first three innings for the Maroons. He was pulled out after allowing five hits, three runs, and having three errors. Chance Henry, who was awarded the win, pitched three innings and only allowed two hits total. The Maroons changed out the pitcher in each of the final three innings. Nick Raulin, Cameron Eck, and Sumpter each pitched an inning.

Guida had an impressive day for the Maroons. At five at bats, he had four hits and one RBI, as well as scoring a run himself.

After a loss at home on Wednesday to Emory & Henry, the Maroons are now 17-9 overall, 6-3 in ODAC.

The Maroons play at home on Saturday against Washington & Lee in a double header. The first game starts at 12 PM on Lewis-Gale Field, and the second will follow at 3 PM. The baseball team will also be celebrating Senior Day during these games. Be sure to come out and support the Maroons!