ASHLAND – Randolph-Macon College, ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division III baseball, maintained its hold on first place in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Monday by sweeping Ferrum College in a league doubleheader, 6-1 and 13-5.
The Yellow Jackets (14-4-1 in the ODAC, 19-7-1 overall) are a year removed from capturing a regional championship and advancing to the NCAA Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Randolph-Macon won the first game by scoring two runs in the second inning, one in the fourth frame and three in the eighth.
Ferrum (11-8 in the ODAC, 20-15 overall) tallied its lone run in the top of the sixth.
The Yellow Jackets outhit the Panthers, 7-5, and each team committed an error.
In the second game, Ferrum surrendered a 3-0 lead after half-an-inning of play after Randolph-Macon rallied for five runs in the bottom of the first.
The count was 6-4 after each team tallied a run in the third frame and 7-5 after each team manufactured a run in the sixth.
In the last of the seventh, the Yellow Jackets produced a six-run surge to take command.
Randolph-Macon outhit Ferrum, 11-10, and committed one error as opposed to Ferrum’s two defensive miscues.
In the first game, Nick Roth (7-0) tossed a complete-game, five-hitter that featured 10 strikeouts. The lone run he yielded was earned.
Roth faced 32 batters.
Kevin Mooney was 2 of 4 with a run for the Yellow Jackets, while Jeff Butler and Reece Yeargain each hit a double.
Mooney drove in a run and Zach Evans, who had a sacrifice, drove in four runs.
Also with hits for the Yellow Jackets were Mike Nickles, Shawn Nickles and Cole Grinde each with one.
Centerfielder Grey Sherfey, batting from the No. 9 spot in the order, collected two hits for the Panthers – a single and a double – and Tim Ortega belted a double.
Senior shortstop Jake Martin drove in Ferrum’s lone run and Josh Greenway registered a hit in four plate appearances.
Junior lefthander Drew Calohan (7-3) was tagged with the loss. He permitted six hits, four walks and six earned runs in seven innings of work, while striking out four.
Calohan faced 31 batters.
Senior righthander Braxton Wheeler (Franklin County) tossed the eighth inning in relief and allowed a hit and a walk, while striking out two.
Wheeler faced five batters.
Randolph-Macon turned the game’s lone double play.
In the second game, third baseman Kyle Anstice, Ferrum’s home run leader, belted a two-run shot in the top of the first to highlight the Panthers’ three-run rally.
Anstice was 3 of 4 at the plate with a run and two RBIs. Besides his home run, he smacked a double. He was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.
Martin also had a double for the Panthers and Connor Dopp was 2 of 3 and scored once.
Butler led Randolph-Macon by going 3 of 4 with two runs, an RBI and a stolen base. Also, Jacob Seiden belted a double for the Yellow Jackets, scored three times and drove in two runs.
Yeargain drove in three runs and scored once, while Evans and Ryan Duphorn each plated two.
Starting pitcher Michael Zubovich (6-0) allowed eight hits, one walk and four earned runs in five innings, while striking out nine.
Ferrum starter Colby Grissom (1-3) lasted 2/3 of an inning. He surrendered two hits, three walks and two earned runs. He was tagged with the loss.