VMI bludgeons Adam Scott, Wofford, 12-4

vmi baseballThe VMI Keydets pounded four homers, three off current SoCon Pitcher of the Month Adam Scott, on the way to a 12-4 rout of the Wofford Terriers in the opener of a three-game SoCon seriesFriday at Gray-Minor Stadium in Lexington, Va. The VMI win pulled the two teams into a tie for third place in the SoCon standings.

Friday’s game was expected to be a pitcher’s duel, with Scott coming off a sensational month and VMI’s Josh Winder on a tear. The Keydets (25-21, 11-8), however, got to Scott with a run in the first and after a two-run homer by Colin Davis gave Wofford (31-20, 11-8) a brief 2-1 lead, VMI pulled away with a five-spot in the third that included a three-run homer by Jacob Jaye.

The Keydets tacked on three more in the fourth against Scott, putting the game out of reach, as Peyton Maddox and Jake Huggins went deep to knock the lefty out of the game. Wofford scored once in the fifth, but the Keydets put single runs on the board in the sixth – on a Matt Dunlevy homer – and seventh to squelch any hopes of a Terrier comeback.

Both teams scored once in the eighth to account for the final margin, while VMI’s Matt Pita ended the game with a spectacular, sliding catch into the right-field bullpen fence.

It was a balanced offensive attack for the Keydets on this night, as eight of the nine Keydet starters reached base at least twice. Maddox went 3 for 3 with a walk and a hit by pitch, reaching base all five times up, while Dunlevy, Huggins and Pita added two hits apiece.

Brett Rodriguez and Davis had three hits apiece for Wofford.

Scott gave up a season-high nine runs on 11 hits in taking the loss (7-5), while Winder won his fourth straight start to move to 5-4. He allowed four runs on 11 hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out four. Winder did not issue a walk.

VMI baseball will return to action Saturday, when the Keydets and Terriers continue their series at 4 p.m. Senior Day ceremonies will precede the contest at 3:40.

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