MC softball stays hot; baseball gets win

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Marietta College softball team earned a sweep of Plymouth State University and Carnegie Mellon University on Tuesday at the spring games in Florida. The Pioneers defeated the Panthers 4-3 in game one, and won game two 6-0 over the Tartans. With the sweep Marietta improves to 5-1 on the season.

Head coach Jenn Castle said, “Our pitchers threw really well today and were making good adjustments. We came out ready to play today and we need to continue to bring that energy into Thursday’s games.”

In game one, the Pioneers jumped out to an early lead with a run in the first inning. Maicy Kirk got the inning started with a single to left, and then stole second base. Kirk was driven in when Ashton Helmke singled to centerfield.

After a scoreless second inning, Marietta tacked on a pair of runs in the third to take a 3-0 lead. Alyssa Cook led off the inning when she reached on an error, and Kirk singled to put runners at first and second. The next batter up Jordan Pallay doubled off the left field fence and plated both Taylor Watts, who pinch ran for Cook, and Kirk.

The Pioneers offense continued to produce in the fourth as they manufactured a run. Reagan Tom lead off the inning with a single, and a single from Britnee Kail placed runners at first and second. Cook, then hit an RBI single to centerfield and put Marietta up 4-0.

After a scoreless fifth inning, the Panthers battled back with three runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the Pioneers lead to 4-3. Ashton Helmke closed the door in the top of the seventh and the Pioneers won, 4-3.

Airyanna Maurer started game in the circle for Marietta as she pitched five innings. She cruised through the first five innings as she only allowed three hits. In total she allowed three runs on six hits and struck out three.

After a scoreless first inning to open the second game, the Pioneers grabbed an early lead when Lauren Rockocy hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Kayla Alderson who walked to lead off the inning.

Marietta added to its lead in the top of third when Kirk reached on a fielder’s choice and Pallay walked to put Pioneers at first and second. Alderson delivered the big blow with a three run homerun over the left field fence to spot Marietta a 4-0 advantage.

The Pioneers stretched their lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth when Rockocy came around to score on a passed ball and Cook drove home Kail, who singled earlier in the inning. The final three innings of the game were scoreless and Marietta won, 6-0.

Jackie Mulvain started game two and pitched a complete game shutout to earn her second win on the season. Mulvain allowed five hits, and struck out three batters.

The Pioneers will return to action Thursday when they battle with UMass Boston and Swarthmore College, with game one scheduled for 9:45 a.m.

Etta Express tops

Eastern Connecticut

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla — The Etta Express scored early and often as Marietta College defeated Eastern Connecticut State University, 9-4, Tuesday afternoon in the Snowbird Baseball Classic.

The Pioneers improve to 3-4 on the season, while the Warriors fall to 0-3 overall.

Eastern Connecticut starting pitcher Nicholas Kraszewski (0-1) had control problems right from the start.

He faced just four Pioneer batters walking three and hitting the other with a pitch. Three of Kraszewski’s runners came around to score in the inning as Marietta jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

Kraszewski (0-1) was tagged with the loss after failing to get an out. He allowed three runs on no hits with three walks and a hit batsman. Jack Risley worked 3.0 innings and gave up six runs on six hits. Three other Warriors each threw in the game.

Jonathan Pingree picked up the first RBI with a bases loaded walk. Greg Peffley plated Marietta’s second run with a sac fly and Trent Castle drive in the third run with a double.

Pingree drove in his second run of the game with an RBI single in the second inning. The Pioneers added three more in the third inning and led 7-1. Drew Holderbach knocked in a run with a fielder’s choice and Mike Hale plated one with a sac fly. The other MC run scored on a wild pitch.

While the offense was scoring, freshman pitcher Gino Sabatine (1-0) was keeping the Eastern Connecticut hitters off balance. Sabatine worked 6.0 innings for the win allowing three runs on nine hits. Sabatine walked one and struck out five.

Sophomore Isaac Danford notched his second save of the season with 3.0 innings of relief. Danford gave up one run on three hits with two walks and four strikeouts.

Brady Cottom accounted for the Pioneers’ final two runs in the bottom of the fourth with a double down the left field line. Castle and Peffley scored on Cottom’s extra base hit.

Castle and Alex Page each had two hits in the game for Marietta. Castle had a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Pingree and Cottom each had two runs batted in, while Hale finished with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Marietta concludes play in Florida with a 10:30 a.m. game today against Kean University. After that, the Etta Express heads to Georgia for three games this weekend at Berry College.