WISE, Va. — Junior infielder Nick Morabito drove in four runs on a perfect 4-for-4 day at the plate, headlining an offensive explosion for the Railsplitters in a 13-1 seven-inning romp over the University of Virginia at Wise Cavaliers in non-conference baseball action on Wednesday. Lincoln Memorial University improves to 25-12-1 overall, while the Cavaliers sink back to 9-18.
The Railsplitters wasted little time bulging out to a substantial lead as Scott Miller and Jonathan Lowe singled in the top of the first while Colin Buckner walked in front of Morabito, who recorded the first of his four hits with a bases-clearing double. Lincoln Memorial added to its lead in the next two frames as Miller posted an RBI single in the second, while two runs scored on a Cavalier error and an Isaac Woody single in the top of the third.
UVa-Wise found its only run of the contest in the home half of the third as J.T. Belotti singled and later scored on a two-out, base-hit by McCollum. But the Railsplitters continued to plod away in the fifth and sixth stanzas to put some major distance between the two squads.
Jean Rodriguez posted a sacrifice fly out and Woody scored on a balk to pace a two-run fifth frame for LMU. The Railsplitters then exploded for five runs in the sixth as Rodriguez drew a bases-loaded walk, Woody contributed another RBI single, Miller plated two with a single, and Lowe drilled a sacrifice fly out into right field.
All told, Lincoln Memorial scattered 14 hits in the seven-inning flurry. Morabito was 4-for-4 with three RBI, three runs and two doubles, while Miller added three singles, three RBI and a walk. Woody posted three singles, two RBI and three stolen bases, while Buckner scored four runs despite only recording one official at-bat.
Freshman Brandon Jean was the beneficiary of all of that run support as he improved to 3-2 on the season after allowing five hits and one run with two strikeouts in six innings pitched. Will Meek rebounded from Tuesday’s rough outing by tossing a scoreless bottom of the seventh, working around a leadoff double to hang a goose egg on the board.
Heading into the final home weekend series of the season, the Railsplitters have posted at least 14 hits in three straight games and five of their last seven.
The Railsplitters are set to welcome the Anderson University Trojans to Lamar Hennon Field for the first of a three-game South Atlantic Conference series at 4 p.m. on Friday.