For the second day in a row the Marietta College Pioneers received a bases loaded walk-off single for an extra inning victory.
Jordan Grilliot drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning of Marietta's 4-3 win over Penn State-Behrend Sunday.
The Etta Express wrapped up the regular season with a 34-6 record. Penn State dropped to 25-13-1 on the season.
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Marietta College’s Alex Toth is hit by a pitch during non-conference baseball action against Penn State-Behrend at Don Schaly Stadium Sunday.
Mitch Geers singled to left to start the 10th inning for the Pioneers. Bryan Gregorich dropped down a perfect bunt and was safe at first with a single that moved Geers into scoring position.
Josh Ungerbuehler pinch-hit and executed the sacrifice bunt moving Geers to third and Gregorich to second. Marietta skipper Brian Brewer inserted Zach Bukiewicz to run for Geers. Behrend intentionally walked Niko Stanislav loading the bases with one out.
The Lions were forced to pull their infield in on the grass and move their outfielders in for a possible play at the plate. Grilliot lofted a single over the left fielder's head that plated Bukiewicz with the winning run.
Logan Lewis (7-0) picked up his third win in as many days with an inning of perfect relief. Lewis retired all 13 hitters he faced this weekend as he picked up the three wins out of the bullpen.
Evan Brockmeier started on the mound for the Etta Express and went seven innings. He gave up three earned runs on seven base hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Luke Langdon tossed two innings in relief and gave up one hit and struck out three.
The Lions started Mike Moyer on the hill. Moyer pitched three innings allowing three earned runs on five hits. He walked one and had a strikeout. Jay Condit and sophomore Chad Zurat combined for five innings of shutout relief.
Justin Wood (2-3) was charged with the loss. Wood gave up three hits and the winning run in the 10th inning. He worked 1.1 innings and issued a walk.
The two teams traded runs over the first four innings. The Lions scored on in the first, third and fourth innings. Marietta answered with one run in each of the first three innings.
MC collected nine hits to Penn State's eight. Tim Saunders went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks and three stolen bases. Saunders has now swiped a team-best 32 bases this spring. Grilliot was 2-for-6 with the game-winning RBI.
Next up for the Pioneers is the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament that starts on Thursday at Don Schaly Stadium. Marietta, the top seed, plays fourth-seeded John Carroll at 3:30 p.m. No. 2 seed Mount Union squares off against No. 3 seed Heidelberg at 7 p.m.