Salem, VA - Virginia Wesleyan capped a day of upsets in the first round of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Baseball Tournament with a 9-3 win over Guilford Thursday night in the Salem Memorial Baseball Stadium.
The fourth-seeded Marlins (20-16) advance to the tournament's sixth game against fifth-seeded Washington and Lee, a 5-4 winner over number-two Lynchburg in Thursday's second game. The third-seeded Quakers (23-15) play sixth-seeded Hampden-Sydney Friday at 3:00 p.m. The Tigers upset top-seeded Bridgewater, 6-4, in Thursday's first game.
Despite a career-high 12 strikeouts, Guilford starter Dave Whigham was victimized by untimely wildness and defensive lapses. Virginia Wesleyan used two hit batsmen, two wild pitches and an error to score three times in the fifth inning and take a3-1 lead. Two of the Marlins' runs in the inning were unearned.
Virginia Wesleyan broke the game open with five runs in the top of the seventh inning. Ricky Allred delivered a two-run triple in the frame and Aswin Dhramapitaksook capped the scoring with a two-out, two-run single that made it an 8-1 contest through six and a half innings.
Guilford tallied single runs in the seventh and eighth innings, but Virginia Wesleyan pitcher Jason Jarrett evaded a lot of trouble thanks in part to three double plays, including a game-ending twin killing in the bottom of the ninth with two Quakers on base. Jarrett improved to 7-4 with a complete-game effort that included four strikeouts.
Allred finished with a game-high three hits, two RBI and scored twice. Brandon Hill had a pair of doubles and scored once. Daniel Andrews and Mike Dertouzos also added two hits apiece.