Host Virginia Wesleyan scored three times in the seventh and eighth to break open a 2-2 tie en route to an 8-2 win over the University of Wisconsin-Platteville baseball team on Thursday.
The Pioneers (1-5) took advantage of a Virginia Wesleyan pitching change in its half of the seventh to tie the game at 2. A RBI single by Brad Milka plated Aaron Hopson for the first run of the game for UW-Platteville. Next, the Pioneers got its second running on a sacrifice fly by Bobby Patton to tie the game at two.
Virginia Wesleyan (9-13) answered the Pioneers' rally with a three-run seventh and eighth. In the seventh, they got a two-RBI single from Pike Brynidsen to regain the lead. They added three insurance runs in the eight, two of which came on a two-RBI single by Josh Hathaway.
UW-Platteville mounted a threat in the ninth only to leave runners stranded on second and third to end the game.
In the loss, Hopson and Trevor Kattre each had two hits for the Pioneer attack. Pitcher Bill Oppriecht went six innings, scattering seven hits and striking out three in the loss to fall to 1-2 on the season.
The Pioneers will return to action on Friday as they take on No. 9 Christopher Newport in Newport News, who they dropped a 5-2 decision to on Tuesday at 3 p.m.(EST)/2 p.m. (CST).