SALEM, Va. - Junior first baseman Cole Grinde (Woodford, Va./Caroline) delivered an RBI single with two away in the bottom of the ninth as the top-seeded Randolph-Macon baseball team nipped fourth-seeded Virginia Wesleyan 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in an elimination game in the 2019 ODAC Tournament. The Yellow Jackets will have to defeat third-seeded Shenandoah twice on Saturday to claim the conference championship.
Score: #1 Randolph-Macon 2, #4 Virginia Wesleyan 1
Location/Venue: Haley Toyota Field/Salem Memorial Ballpark
Records: R-MC 27-9-1, VWU 22-17
How It Happened
- Junior right-hander Matt Nickles (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) had his most effective outing of the season, going 6.1 innings with six hits, one unearned run, one walk and three strikeouts.
- Junior right-hander Tyler Dunn (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) fanned two of the three hitters he faced in the seventh to strand a pair.
- Senior Patrick Solomita (Chesterfield, Va./Manchester) fanned two of the three batters he faced to leave the bases loaded in the eighth.
- Senior Daniel Lachance (Clifton, Va./Centreville) rolled three ground balls in the top of the ninth and picked up his first win of the season.
- The Yellow Jackets started the scoring in the fourth. with two away, sophomore DH Kevin Mooney (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) homered to left, his third of the season, to give R-MC a 1-0 advantage.
- The Marlins tied the game and had numerous chances to take the lead, leaving nine on base.
- Junior third baseman Mike Nickles (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge), the ODAC Player of the Year, had a leadoff single in the bottom of the ninth. Mooney sacrificed Nickles to second and junior outfielder Shawn Nickles (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) was walked intentionally. With two away, Grinde lined a base hit to right center to plate Mike Nickles with the game-winner.
By The Numbers
- Mooney went 2 for 3 for R-MC. He was the only Yellow Jacket with multiple hits.
By The Numbers
- The R-MC senior class has posted 126 victories over the past four seasons, making them the winningest class in program history. Each class over the past four years has broken the record.
- Randolph-Macon will face third-seeded Shenandoah at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. If a second game is needed, it will be 30 minutes following the first game.