Updated Fri, Mar 14, 2014 8:51 pm
The Pioneers (6-3) fell 2-1 to Farmingdale State College (6-1) in Port Charlotte, Fla. on Friday. The Rams’ RBI singles in the first and second inning were enough to outlast Marietta throughout the afternoon.
Marietta’s only run came late in the sixth inning off of a Rams’ throwing error. Mitch Geers advanced home for an unearned run to close the gap, 2-1.
All three runs in the game were unearned.
The Pios were unable to produce anything down the stretch, stranding five men on base, contributing to their series loss at 1-2.
Zach Bukiewicz and Dylan Gracia led the Pios at the plate with two hits each on the afternoon.
Daniel Tierney picked up his first win of the season for Farmingdale State, as well as Mike Finian’s first loss on the season for the Pios.
Marietta was firing on all cylinders in the second game of their doubleheader Friday. The No. 10 Pioneers dominated No. 11 Wheaton College in a 19-5 decision, amassing 17 hits.
The Pios marked their territory in every inning but one, silencing any Wheaton attempt for a comeback.
Marietta first began to widen the scoring gap in the fifth inning thanks to two RBIs by Mitch Geers, one RBI from McCoy and a final effort from Chris Winpigler to send Josh Ungerbuehler home. The Pioneers extended their lead to 12-1 going into the sixth.
Marietta continued to bring the heat into the eighth inning, scoring their final four runs. The Pios loaded the bases and RBIs by Doug Bennett, Jon Stone, Joe Gardner and Zach Bukiewicz finalized Marietta’s efforts.
The first four innings accumulated a quick seven runs across the board for the Pioneers. Wheaton was unable to generate any momentum during that time, just sliding Zach Horton home for one run.
However, Wheaton found their spark in the sixth inning, sending in three runs to close the scoring gap to eight.
The Lyons’ party was cut short as Dylan Gracia answered their run with two RBIs and another from Ungerbuehler, extending the lead, 15-5.
Ungerbuehler had a great day at the plate, going 3 for 3 with one RBI. Winpigler had a great night of his own, going 3 for 4 with five RBIs.
Tommy Crowl snagged his first win of the season while Nick Filloramo dropped his first game of the season for the Lyons.
Marietta College is back in action Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla., to play the New Paltz Hawks.