Date: Saturday, April 26, 2008
Contact: Chris Kilcoyne, Sports Information Director
R-MC Baseball Captures ODAC Championship With 4-2 Victory over Virginia Wesleyan
LYNCHBURG, VA – The Randolph-Macon College baseball team captured the school’s first
ODAC championship since 1987 with a 4-2 victory over Virginia Wesleyan College at
Lynchburg City Stadium.
R-MC (25-15) earns the league’s automatic bid to the 2008 NCAA Tournament that will
start on May 14th at eight pre-determined regional sites. The teams and
brackets will be announced on Monday, May 12th.
The Yellow Jackets grabbed an early advantage in the second inning when Jay Lichter
singled home Mike Wallace with two outs to give R-MC a 1-0 lead.
The Marlins (26-14-1) rallied and scored a single run in the third inning and took
the lead 2-1 on a Phil Cadle RBI double.
Tournament Most Outstanding Player Greg Meleski provided the equalizer with a one-out
single in the sixth that scored James Bierline and knotted the game at 2-2.
The Jackets scored the winning runs in the top-half of the eighth inning after Meleski
reached second to open the inning on a ball misplayed in the VWC outfield. Charlie
Hartt followed with an RBI double to put R-MC in front 3-2. Randolph-Macon padded
its lead when Jeff Beck plated Hartt with an RBI single to make the score 4-2.
Hartt started the game on the mound for R-MC and went 5.2 innings, allowing seven
hits and two runs, while striking out five. Devin O’Meara tossed 1.2 inning of perfect
relief to pick up his first win of the season. Nick Simons notched his first save
of the season, tossing the final two innings and only allowing one base runner.
The trio capped off a four day pitching performance that saw R-MC hurlers post a
2.75 ERA, including the Jacket bullpen that allowed just two runs in 8.1 innings
The R-MC offense hit .301 for the tournament, scoring 36 runs, 22 of which coming
in the seventh inning of after.
All Tournament Team
C - William Lewis, WLU
1B - Adam Marx, VWC
2B - Greg Meleski, RMC (MOP)
3B - Jim Plantholt, WLU
SS - Bruno Gora, RMC
OF - Mike Wallace, RMC
OF - James Bierline, RMC
OF - Matt Winston, LC
DH - Jeff Beck, RMC
P - Byron Mendenhall, RMC
P - Gary Bulman, VWC
Most Outstanding Player: Greg Meleski, RMC