MC softball splits, baseball victorious

KISSIMMEE, Fla. — The Marietta College softball team split a pair of games on Monday against Beloit College and Haverford College. The Pioneers won game one, 16-4, against Beloit but fell in game two 5-1 to Haverford. With the split Marietta is now 3-1 overall on the season.

Marietta jumped on Beloit early with a five run top of the first inning. Alyssa Cook and Maicy Kirk got the inning started with back to back singles and a walk from Jordan Pallay loaded the bases. Ashton Helmke singled up the middle and plated both Cook, and Kirk. After Kalya Alderson reached on a fielder’s choice, Erin Miller drove home Pallay with a single. The Pioneers kept the inning rolling with back to back RBI singles from Lauren Rockocy and Ashley Tachudy, to put Marietta up, 5-0.

The Buccaneers drove in a run in the bottom half of the first inning, but the Pioneers answered with three runs in the top of the second. The Marietta runs came from a pair of home runs. Pallay hit the first Pioneer homerun of the season over the left field fence and later in the inning Miller hit a two run homerun to provide Marietta an 8-1 advantage.

After three scoreless innings, Beloit broke the drought with a run in the bottom of the sixth, to cut the Pioneers edge to 8-2. Marietta answered back in the seventh when Pallay and Mackenzie Marshall each got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Later in the inning Alderson and Miller had back to back RBI singles, and a two run single from pinch hitter Megan Gummere, put the Pioneers 15-2. Britnee Kail capped the eight run seventh, with an RBI double to right centerfield, to make the score 16-2.

The Buccaneers plated a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Marietta won the game 16-4.

Maddi Liston started the game in the circle for the Pioneers and pitch five and a third innings. She allowed two earned runs on six hits, had a strikeout in the game, and earned her first win on the season.

Jackie Mulvain pitched 1 and two-thirds innings of relief work, and allowed two runs on three hits.

Strickler leads Etta Express to win

PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida – Freshman Jared Strickler was impressive in his collegiate debut picking up the win as Marietta College defeated Susquehanna University, 13-3, Monday afternoon in the Snowbird Baseball Classic. The Pioneers improve to 2-4 overall, while Susquehanna falls to 1-3 on the season.

Strickler (1-0) tossed 7.0 strong innings in his first start scattering seven hits. He allowed three runs, walked one and struck out five. Matt Stover struck out four of the seven batters he faced over the final 2.0 innings.

Marietta banged out 13 hits and took advantage of three River Hawk errors that led to seven unearned runs. Catcher Brady Cottom led the Etta Express attack with three hits, one double and three runs batted in.

Logan Vietmeier, Alex Page and Trent Castle each had two hits in the game. Vietmeier had a double and Castle a triple, while Page blasted his second home run of the season. Page’s two-run long ball cleared the fence in straight away centerfield.

Marietta scored four runs in the second inning and never trailed. After the River Hawks plated a pair of runs in the third to cut the Pioneer lead in half, MC pulled away with two in the fourth, four in the fifth and two more in the sixth inning.