UR drops series finale against Virginia Wesleyan

Courtesy of UofRathletics.com

After splitting a double-header yesterday to open up the season, the University of Rochester Baseball team faced off against Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday in the series finale. The Yellowjackets would fall by a final score of 3-1.

The Marlins opened up the scoring early. In the bottom of the first, with a runner on second, Kevin Ho was able to strike out Austin Obenour, but an error allowed Brady Fallon to score all the way from second. Ho proceed to get the next two Marlins hitters to groundout to get out of the inning with minimal damage.

After a scoreless second inning, Steve Pickering opened it up for Rochester offensively in the top of the 3rd with a single to left field. However, Virginia Wesleyan was able to escape the frame with just the one hit allowed.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Marlins continued to add on to their lead as Dylan Gentry advanced to second on an error by Ho, allowing to Daniel Petro to head home safely. After the score, Garrett Renslow replaced Ho, ending his day. Obenour continued to add on for Virginia Wesleyan, singling up the middle to allow Gentry to score, making it 3-0 Marlins.

With little time left, Harper Sy came to bat in the top of the 8th as a pinch hitter for Aaron Craig, Sy singled up the middle and Jake Hertz followed suit to give Rochester runners on first and second with no one out. Pickering then placed a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners, setting up the Yellowjackets with two runners in scoring position and one out. Jack Herman put Rochester on the board with a sac fly to right field.

The Yellowjackets were unable to produce any more runs, falling by a final score of 3-1.

Herman finished the contest going 0-3 at the plate with 1 RBI. Hertz and Pickering each went 1-3 at the plate, with Hertz also adding a walk to his stat line. Drew Bankovich and Sy each had a hit, leaving UR with four hits in the finale. Ho finished the day with 4 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 3 unearned runs, and 4 punch outs. Rochester pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.

The Yellowjackets will head to San Antonio, Texas, as UR is set to take on Trinity University (Texas) from March 8-10.

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