Yellowjackets start season with split doubleheader

Courtesy of UofRathletics.com

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Kyle Trombley blasted a 3-run home run and Steve Pickering added an RBI single in a four run 8th inning as the University of Rochester baseball team topped Virginia Wesleyan University 4-2 in its season opener on Saturday afternoon.

Rochester (1-1) and Virginia Wesleyan (2-4) ended up splitting a doubleheader, as the host Marlins scraped out a 2-1 victory in the nightcap.

In the opener, Trombley finished 2-3 with a run and three RBI while four other Yellowjackets added one hit in the win.

Jack Denzer started and went six strong innings, yielding six hits, two runs, one walk while striking out five.  Brendan Shamieh closed out the game and picked up the win, tossing three scoreless innings with four strikeouts.

The Marlins (1-4) were led by Jacob Pilarski who had a 2-3 day at the plate and was VWU’s starting pitcher, throwing 7 innings, allowed 5 hits and 3 runs with 5 strikeouts.  Brady Fallon added a solo homer for VWU.

Rochester was held without a hit through the first three innings, but Denzer did a good job on the mound for the Yellowjackets, keeping Virginia Wesleyan in check, including getting out of a 2-on, 1-out jam in the second.

VWU scored the games opening run in the fourth.  After Jordan McDonough singled to lead off, an error put runners at first and second.  After a double steal, Pilarski reached on another error, getting a run home.  The next batter grounded into a double play and the inning ended with just one run after a flyout.

In the fifth, Fallon homered with two outs to double the Marlins lead to 2-0.

Sitting with just two hits in the game and Pilarski cruising on the mound entering the eighth, Rochester strung the hits together to opening the frame, with David Rieth and Drew Bankovich each singling to put runners at first and second.

Trombley then stepped up and cleared the wall, putting UR on top, chasing Pilarski from the mound.  After a strikeout and pop up, Jake Hertz walked and moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Pickering’s single to left making the score 4-2 Rochester.

The Marlins looked to answer with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the inning, but Shamieh struck out the side swinging to keep the two-run cushion.

In the ninth, Virginia Wesleyan’s leadoff batter reached base, but was quickly erased by a 5-4-3 double play before another strikeout ended the game.

Game two was another low scoring affair, with UR’s Jon Turk going punch for punch with Andrew Lowe on the mound.  Turk turned in a 7-inning, 5-hit, 2-run performance with 4 strikeouts while Lowe went 6.1 innings, allowed 5 hits, 1 run and also had 4 strikeouts.

The Marlins ended up getting on the board first when Jordan Sprou lined a one-out double to left, plating Jacob Pilars who reached via walk.

Rochester threatened in the top of the next inning, getting runners on second and third with one out after a Hertz double and Pickering single, but a groundout and flyout ended the scoring chance.

Virginia Wesleyan’s lead doubled in the fourth on a Reese Reid RBI groundout, with Pilars again scoring the run, this time after reaching on a double to right center.

UR’s lone run of the game came in the sixth.  Aiden Finch led off with a walk.  After moving to second, he was brought around when Bankovich laced a two-out single to left, making the score 2-1.

The Yellowjackets were then held without a hit over the final three innings.

Rochester and Virginia Wesleyan conclude their early season three game series on Sunday, with first pitch scheduled for 12 pm.

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