PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Third baseman Juan Perdomo delivered a two-out, bases loaded single in the bottom of the ninth to give Montclair State University a 5-4 win over No. 12-ranked Marietta College Monday afternoon at the Snowbird Classic.
The sacrifice bunt proved to be the difference in the game as Montclair State (2-3 overall) executed the fundamental skill in the ninth and Marietta (4-1 overall) did not.
With the score tied at four heading into the final inning, the Pioneers' first two hitters reached base safely. However, Marietta popped up the sacrifice bunt attempt and ended up getting no runs in the top half of the inning.
Redhawk shortstop Cody Pace led off the bottom of the ninth with a double to left-center. First baseman Christopher Reynolds followed with a sac bunt moving Pace to third. The Pioneers opted to intentionally walk the next two hitters to set up the double play.
Freshman Jim Luyster (0-1), making his first career appearance for the Pioneers, struck out Anderson Rosa and was an out away from working out of the inning. Perdomo stepped the played and ripped a single through the left side of the infield scoring Pace with the winning run.
Junior first baseman Mitch Geer had another big at the plate for the Etta Express. Geers went a perfect 5-for-5 with a double, triple, RBI and a stolen base. He is now 7-for-7 stealing bases this season.
Marietta jumped on top in the first inning when Dylan Gracia led off with a double and later scored on an RBI single from designated hitter Josh Ungerbuehler. Ungerbuehler finished the day 2-for-5.
Starting pitcher Mike Finaln was touched up for two runs in bottom of the second inning but then setteled won and blanked the Redhawks over the next three innings. Finlan threw 5.0 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on seven base hits. He walked one and struck out two.
Sophomore transfer Forrest Kirsch tossed 1.1 innings and allowed two runs on three hits before giving way to Luyster. Luyster took the loss after working 2.1 innings and surrendering one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out three.
The Pioneers tied the game at two with a run in the third and then retook the lead in the seventh with two runs. Catcher Chris Winpigler drove in the run in the third, while Geers picked up his RBI in the seventh.
Montclair plated two runs in the home half of the seventh inning to even the game at 4-4. Reynolds delivered the big hit driving in both runs with a single up the middle.
John Silvestri (1-0) tossed 2.2 innings of shutout relief to get the win. He gave up four hits and struck out two. Starter Jonathan Torregroza threw 6.0 innings and gave up two runs on nine hits.
Marietta has a rematch with the College of Wooster today at 11 a.m.
AUBURNDALE, Fla. - For the second straight day the Marietta College softball team split a pair of games Monday morning at the Rebel Spring Games. The Pioneers defeated Suffolk University by the score of 3-2 and fell to Hiram College, 7-0.
The Pioneers are currently 2-2 on the season.
Sophomore Trinity Schlabach drove in two of the Pioneers' three runs against Suffolk (0-1 overall).
She singled through the left side of the infield in the second inning to score Rachel Montgomery and did it again in the sixth scoring Hannah Tarski.
Suffolk scored a run in the second and another in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Marietta starting pitcher Alexis O'Hair (2-0) blanked the Rams over the final four frames to get her second win of the season. O'Hair pitched 7.0 innings and scattered nine hits. She struck out five and didn't walk a batter.
Sarah Chase (0-1) took the loss for Suffolk. Chase allowed three runs on six hits ion 5.1 innings of work. She walked three and struck out two.
Schlabach finished 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI for the Pioneers. Junior Brittany Curry picked up the Pioneers' other RBI on a single in the sixth inning.
In the second game of the day, Hiram scored four runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to the 7-0 victory. Sophomore Meghan Garland (1-0) picked up the shutout in the circle for the Terriers allowing five hits and striking our four.
Hiram added two more runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.
Curry was 2-for-4 with a pair of singles for the Pioneers.
Marietta is back in action today with games against Westminster College at 9 a.m. and Thomas More College at 11 a.m.