Marietta splits two with Baldwin-Wallace

MARIETTA – David Stover came to the rescue

The 6-foot-8 sophomore reliever pitched 3-1/3 scoreless inning to get the save in Marietta College’s 5-4 triumph over Baldwin Wallace University in the opening game of the 18th annual Community Baseball Day doubleheader at Don Schaly Stadium Sunday.

“This season’s definitely been fun,” said Stover, who got his third save of the season. “The coaches are great, and have given me the opportunities to succeed.”

In the nightcap of the Ohio Athletic Conference twinbill, Marietta (15-10 overall, 5-1 OAC) suffered a 10-0 setback to the Yellow Jackets (9-15, 3-3).

“We didn’t bunt and execute the bunt game,” said MC skipper Brian Brewer. “We hit a lot of flyballs and weak groundballs. It’s going to be tough for us to score runs if we do that, so we’ve got to figure some things out and get better because of it.”

Marietta also was handcuffed by BW sophomore Evan Lovick, who was making his first start on the bump this spring. The Yellow Jacket southpaw went the 9-inning distance, striking out seven, walking none, and scattering six hits.

“He (Lovick) did a nice job,” Brewer said. “He’s a three-pitch guy – fastball, curveball and change. He moved the ball in and out. He commanded the fastball.”

Early on in the opener, MC trailed BW, 4-1, but came back and led 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning.

In the sixth, the Jackets loaded the bases with one out. After starting righty Christian Herstine got a strikeout for the second out, he was relieved by Stover.

“The biggest thing, I just didn’t want to give up any of those runs,” said Stover, who ended up retiring the side. “I wanted to give Herstine a chance to get the win – and also to keep us ahead.

“I did my job. I was just trying to get a groundball, not trying to strike anybody out, and just keep us in the game.”

Stover then threw the next three innings, striking out four and giving up two hits. Herstine (4-2) finished with the win, fanning three, walking four and allowing seven hits.

“I didn’t think Christian had his good stuff, but he competed for us,” Brewer said. “David was really good coming out of the pen.”

Offensively, Tim McCoy and Eric White each had two hits and drove in two runs. One of McCoy’s knocks was a double.

“I think the best job we did all day was during the first three or four innings of Game 1, moving the ball and applying a little pressure,” Brewer said. “Then we got into the middle and late innings and it carried over into Game 2, and we just didn’t apply any pressure.”

After Baldwin Wallace staked itself to a 2-0 advantage against MC lefty Tommy Crowl (1-3) in the top of the third in Game 2, it never looked back. Then, in the sixth, the Yellow Jackets exploded for six runs to stretch its lead. Highlighting the surge was a bases-clearing double by Hunter Handel.

Capping all the scoring in the eighth, BW sophomore third baseman Spencer Badia slugged a two-homer. But it was the Jackets’ bunting game that really hurt the Pioneers.

“We lost Game 2 because they executed the bunting game,” Brewer said. “They bunted twice and we didn’t get outs, and they bunted twice and scored two runs on first and third push bunts.”

Marietta College is scheduled to play at Otterbein in an OAC doubleheader at 1 p.m. Wednesday.