FERRUM — Ferrum College became the first Old Dominion Athletic Conference baseball team to reach the 20-win plateau for the season Wednesday by besting Emory & Henry College, 10-1, in a league match-up at W.B. Adams Field.
The Panthers’ victory, their second over the Wasps (1-16 in the ODAC, 4-28 overall) enables them to maintain their hold on third place in the conference standings with five league games remaining.
The top eight teams qualify for next month’s ODAC postseason tournament.
Ferrum (11-6 in the ODAC, 20-13 overall) led 3-0 after scoring once in the second inning and twice in the third.
The Panthers’ led was 3-1 when they produced a seven-run surge to end the game.
Ferrum manufactured four runs in the last of the sixth to make the count 7-1, then the Panthers added a run in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Ferrum outhit Emory & Henry, 13-7, and benefited from two Wasps’ errors, while committing one defensive blunder.
Third baseman Kyle Anstice belted a solo home run to account for the Panthers’ first run in their wire-to-wire triumph.
Senior shortstop Jake Martin hit a solo home run to produce Ferrum’s seventh-inning tally.
Counting Tim Ortega’s two doubles, the Panthers finished the game with four extra-base hits.
Martin was 2 of 5 with a run and 2 RBIs, while Anstice was 2 of 5 with two runs and two RBIs and Ortega, who was 4 of 5, drove in two runs and scored once.
Also with hits were Josh Greenway, Jacib Gladstone, Brandon Roberts and Grey Sherfey.
Starting lefthander Drew Calohan (7-2) worked five innings for the victory. He permitted five hits, two walks and one earned run, while striking out four.
Ferrum employed four relievers, the last of whom was former Franklin County prep performer Braxton Wheeler, a senior righthander, who pitched the ninth inning.
The quintet faced 38 batters.
For the Wasps, Ben Sexton was 2 of 4 with a stolen base and Hayden Milley was 2 of 4.
Also with hits were Jacob Zoller (double, RBI) Logan Forster and Caleb Haynes.
Noah Griffin started for the Wasps and lasted five innings. He was charged with the loss.
Griffin yielded seven hits, a walk and four earned runs, while striking out four.
Emory & Henry used two relievers; its pitching trio faced 42 batters.
Ferrum returns to action Saturday in Ashland against Randolph-Macon College, which is a season removed from winning a regional championship and making an appearance in the NCAA Division III College World Series.
The Yellow Jackets are in first place in the ODAC.
The first game of the scheduled doubleheader is noon.