After many rescheduled games because of the inclement weather, the Yellow Jackets were revved up to face Virginia Wesleyan.
The Yellow Jackets took an early lead as sophomore Jordan Schmeer was able to score on a double by senior Nate Meiners, making the score 1-0. Freshman Cole Migliorini helped put another point on the board as he was able to bring Meiners home, making the score 2-0.
The Jackets and the Marlins did not let up on each other in the second and third innings, as no team was able to score. That situation changed in the fourth inning as the Marlins were able to come back with a 5-2 lead.
The Yellow Jackets fought their way back to the scoreboard, as they were able to score in the bottom of the frame. Sophomore Stuart Brown speedily was able to move to second base on a hit by junior Michael Trentham and then to third base due to single made by junior Michael Kroll.
Then, sophomore Stuart Saathoff was able to get a walk, which allowed Brown to get home. Scoring on a wild pitch, Trentham was able to make it a 5-2. Schmeer brought the score 5-3 as he was able to get Kroll home with a base hit.
Entering the sixth inning, the Jackets were able to put another point on the board when Schmeer’s third hit of the day was able to give Trentham a go-ahead run.
Additionally, junior Tanner Phillips prevented the Marlins from advancing in the game by not allowing any runs, and also was able to get three strikeouts.
Right hand pitcher senior J.T. Williamson also had a hitless ninth for a fourth save in the game. The Yellow Jackets outplayed the Marlins and were able to edge them out with a 6-5 victory.
Since coming off a win on April 8 against Virginia Wesleyan, the Yellow Jackets have remained in the top 15 spot in the NCAA Division 3 national polls, according to D3baseball.com. They are also
ranked number 12 in the ABCA/Collegiate Baseball poll.
The team has had a successful season thus far, sitting at an 18-6 record. The Yellow Jackets have been suggested to move up in the polls as the season continues.
The Jackets will return to action on Saturday, April 11 at home in an ODAC doubleheader against Lynchburg. Last year when these two teams met, Lynchburg was able to edge out R-MC in game two of the ODAC tournament.
With the addition of a new class of baseball players and a more versatile team, the Yellow Jackets are ready to face what lies before them.
-Jordon Lee ’16, Junior Sports Editor