The Pilots ended the game with the mercy rule for the first time this season, beating the Chili Peppers 12-2 in eight innings.

Chris Martinez (Univ. of Science and Art) was the hitter of the night for the Pilots. The third baseman went 3-5 with three RBIs, including a homer in the second inning.

Hunter Cole (Randolph Macon), Chris Martinez (Univ. of Science and Art), Cole Stanford (Lenoir Rhyne), Mason Dunaway (James Madison), and Ethan Ott (UNC Pembroke) all had multi-hit games for the Pilots.

It was a bullpen day for the Pilots, as starting pitcher Michael Caldon (Felician University) only pitched one inning of work. It was a clean inning, however, with Caldon allowing no baserunners and striking out two.

Robert Cook (Old Dominion) made his first appearance for the Pilots today, only giving up one hit and no runs over two innings.

Olvis Genao (Southeastern) pitched two clean innings in relief, giving up no runs, two hits, and striking out four.

Chris Martinez (Univ. of Science and Art) continued his power stretch, hitting a homer in the second inning, making his third homer in his last four games.

A five-run second extended the lead for the Pilots. Henry Garcia (Howard College), Mason Dunaway, and Chris Martinez all had RBI singles in the inning, with Dunaway’s hit scoring two. A sacrifice bunt scored one more run, extending the Pilots’ lead to 6-0.

Tri-City got on the board in the fourth inning with an RBI single to right field.

Hunter Cole got this run back with a single to right field in the bottom half, scoring Cole Stanford (Lenoir Rhyne).

Mason Dunaway continued his amazing stretch in the bottom of the sixth with a two-RBI double down the left-field line, improving his batting average to .414. Ryan Dooley (James Madison) followed him up with an RBI single to left field.

Chris Martinez finished a great night, doubling down the left field line to score another run, extending the lead to 11-2.