Down to its final strike in the ninth, the Wright State baseball team rallied to force extra innings and then after Dayton scored a run in the 12th, rallied again with two runs to pull out a dramatic 5-4 decision Thursday evening at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Flyers were in control for most of the first innings, scoring once in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. That was the same score with two outs and nobody on base in the bottom of the ninth against Dayton starter Austin Cline.
JD Orr, however, started the first WSU rally with a four-pitch walk and Matt Morrow did the same to force a pitching change. Reliever Kevin Piersol nearly had Gabe Snyder struck out if not for a foul tip and, on the next pitch, Snyder lifted a fly ball to right that went over the fence for a three-home run, his first of the season, to force extra innings.
It stayed that way until the Flyers scored an unearned run in the 12th, only to see the Raiders come up with an answer in the bottom of the frame. With one out, Brandon Giltrow singled just out of the reach of a leaping shortstop into left and Adrian Marquez followed with the walk-off, game-winning two-run home run to right, his third of the year.
Alex Anders (1-0) picked up the win by pitching the final two innings, striking out two. Jeremy Randolph was outstanding in relief, allowing no runs, three hits and a walk in 6.1 innings with three strikeouts.
Marquez and Seth Gray each had two hits for Wright State (9-5), who will host Ohio on Friday, March 10, at 1:00. The game time has been moved up due to the weather forecast.