Railsplitters race past UVa-Wise, 11-6
HARROGATE, Tenn. — The Railsplitters scored in all but three innings and scattered 13 hits to pace an 11-6 victory over the University of Virginia at Wise Cavaliers in non-conference baseball action on Tuesday at Lamar Hennon Field. Lincoln Memorial University improves to 3-4 on the season with the win, while UVa-Wise drops its season-opener to fall to 0-1.
LMU’s two through five hitters each collected two hits in the contest, headlined by Scott Miller’s 2-for-5 day that included two RBI. Jean Rodriguez went 2-for-5 as well with a run and an RBI, while Josh Coker scored two runs on two hits. Kelvin Brito posted his third multi-hit game of the season, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.
The Railsplitters took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, as Brito drove home Miller with an RBI single.
Lincoln Memorial quickly pulled away from the Cavaliers two innings later, mounting a four-run rally in the home half of the third frame. After Brito and Coker drew consecutive walks, Lee Agosto singled in a run. With runners on first and third, the Railsplitters initiated a first-and-third play which resulted in Coker swiping home for LMU’s second run of the inning. A dropped fly ball and a wild pitch allowed the Railsplitters to acquire two more runs in the frame.
After being held without a hit through the first three innings, UVa-Wise scored two runs in three of the next four frames. RBI singles from Tye Marshall and Jordan Olinger put the Cavaliers on the board in the top of the fourth, while Austin Johnson popped a two-run single in the sixth stanza. The Cavaliers scored twice more in the top of the seventh on a wild pitch and an RBI ground out.
LMU got a sacrifice fly from Nolan Woody and a single by Ivan Rodriguez to drive in runs in the sixth. In the eight the Railsplitters scored three runs on four walks and a two-run single by Miller.
Ryan Burlison closed the door for the Railsplitters with three nearly flawless innings in relief. Burlison struck out four while allowing one hit and no earned runs after taking over in the top of the seventh. Burlison’s appearance sealed the victory for freshman Brandon Jean, who picked up the win in his collegiate debut. Jean moves to 1-0 after tossing five innings of five-hit, two-run ball while racking up four strikeouts on his stat ledger.
The Cavaliers finished with eight hits in the contest, and Mike McCollum accumulated nearly half of that mark with a 3-for-5 day that included two runs scored. Austin Johnson went 1-for-4 with two RBI. UVa-Wise sent six pitchers to the mound with Caleb Daniels suffering the loss. Daniels surrendered five hits and one runs in two innings pitched.
LMU’s three-game series with Tusculum has been pushed back a day and will start on Saturday. Game times have yet to announced, but the Railsplitters and Pioneers are hoping to play three games at Lamar Hennon Field between Saturday and Sunday.
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