Pioneers split with La Roche

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The No. 11 ranked Marietta College baseball team split a doubleheader at La Roche College Thursday afternoon. The Pioneers won the first game by the score of 7-1 and fell in the second game, 6-3. Marietta is now 9-4 overall, while La Roche is 9-9 on the season.

Sophomore Jason Byers (3-0) pitched 3.0 perfect innings to get the win in game one. Byers struck out four of the nine hitters he faced. Christian Herstine threw 2.0 innings of shutout relief and freshman Mitch McNabb gave up one run on three hits in 2.0 innings of work.

The Pioneers scored two runs in the top of the first inning and then added three more in the third and two in the fifth. Senior Josh Ungerbuehler drove in three runs in the game. Junior Mitch Geers went 2-for-4 with a double, while sophomore Tim McCoy had a pair of singles.

Senior Jesse Bauer (0-2) went the distance on the mound for the Redhawks. He allowed seven runs, only four earned, on seven hits with four walks and four strikeouts. Junior first baseman Brian Tougher went 2-for-3 at the plate.

The second game started off the same as the first with the Pioneers plating two runs in the top of the first inning. Ungerbuehler and and Chris Winpigler each delivered a two-out RBI base hit in the inning. La Roche got one run back in the bottom half of the inning only to give up one in the top of the second. The score remained 3-1 in favor of the Pioneers until the bottom of the fourth inning.

The Redhawks exploded for four runs in the fourth all with two outs. La Roche banged out five hits in the rally and chased Pioneer starting pitcher Mike Finlan from the game.

Finlan (0-2) tossed 3.2 innings and gave up five runs, two earned on seven hits. He walked one and didn’t strike out any Redhawk batters. Freshman Jim Luyster and junior Mike Fulton both pitched in relief. Luyster was charged with one run.

La Roche added an insurance run in the fifth inning as junior lefty Walt Hadjuk (3-0) stymied the Pioneer offense. Hadjuk went the distance and didn’t allow Marietta to score after the second inning.

Ungerbuehler, Winpigler and McCoy each had two hits in the game for the Pioneers. Geers, Ungerbuehler and Winpigler each had a double.

Marietta open Ohio Athletic Conference play Saturday at Otterbein University. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m.