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Nickles Homers, Duphorn Drive in 2 for #5 R-MC Baseball vs. VWU

Shawn Nickles batting
Shawn Nickles (photo by Frank Straus)

ASHLAND, Va. - Junior outfielder Shawn Nickles (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) homered for the second time this season, and junior outfielder Ryan Duphorn (Erial, N.J./Paul VI) had two hits and two RBI, as the fifth-ranked Randolph-Macon baseball team dropped a 6-4 ODAC decision to Virginia Wesleyan on Wednesday afternoon.

The Basics

Score: Virginia Wesleyan 6, #5 Randolph-Macon 4

Location/Venue: Ashland, Va./Hugh Stephens Field at Estes Park

Records: R-MC 6-3, 4-1 ODAC; VWU 8-6, 4-1 ODAC

How It Happened

  • After the Marlins plated a pair in the top of the fourth without the benefit of a hit, Nickles answered by blasting a homer to right to lead off the bottom of the frame, making it a 2-1 game.
  • VWU added two in the sixth before the Yellow Jackets responded in the seventh. Sophomore Kevin Mooney (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) had a one-out single to right and moved to third on a double by junior Zach Evans (Fort Mill, S.C./Seneca) with two away. Duphorn dropped a single into right to drive in Mooney and Evans and again make it a one-run contest at 4-3.
  • The Marlins added two in the top of the ninth to go up 6-3. In the bottom of the ninth, senior Matthew Blaise (Clifton, Va./Centreville) reached on an error and moved to second on a single to left by Evans. Duphorn lined a ball that looked like it was ticketed for center field, but was caught by the shortstop. Blaise got back to second base to avoid the double play. Nickles crushed a ball to right that was caught just in front of the fence for the second out. Senior Jeff Butler (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) reached on an error and moved to second, while Evans went to third and Blaise scored, making it 6-4. But a popout to third would end the rally and the game.

By The Numbers

  • Evans went 2 for 3 with a walk and a run.
  • VWU stranded 12 runners, while R-MC left nine on base.
  • Four R-MC pitchers combined for 16 strikeouts. Junior Matt Nickles (Stafford, Va./Colonial Forge) had five in 3.2 innings, seniors Tommy Barron (Chester, Va./Thomas Dale) and Patrick Solomita (Chesterfield, Va./Matoaca) both had five in 2.1 innings, and junior Tyler Dunn (Salisbury, Md./James M. Bennett) had one in 0.2 innings.

Up Next

  • Randolph-Macon will travel to Bridgewater on Saturday, March 23 for a noon ODAC doubleheader.