Updated Fri, Apr 18, 2014 11:05 pm
A high-powered sixth inning Friday afternoon handed Marietta game one over Ohio Northern University, 10-1.
Tyler Packanik got things started for the Pioneers after reaching first base on an error by the Bears. Zach Bukiewicz followed up with a single to left field to put the Pioneers in scoring position. Tim McCoy continued the momentum by reaching first on another Bears’ error.
The Pioneers were just getting started as Christian Demko, Mitch Geers, Ryan Hanahan and Ryan Annett all produced RBI singles. Bukiewicz found himself on base again in the sixth, producing the final RBI in the inning.
The top of the sixth amounted to a total of six runs and five hits for the Pioneers. Much of their success derived from the three errors committed by Ohio Northern in the sixth inning alone. The Bears’ poor defense tallied up five team errors.
Marietta kept their offensive game rolling as Kevin Johnston, Geers and Packanik delivered an RBI each in the last three innings.
Geers’ offensive success this season shined through in Friday’s matchup as the first baseman went 3 for 4 with two RBIs.
Ohio Northern’s final attempt to create some offense came in the bottom of the ninth off of a Jack LaMarca two-out RBI. The centerfielder’s hit was the final of just two team hits in the game.
Christian Herstine delivered a solid seven innings and allowed just one hit to improve his record to 6-1 on the year.
The damage was done early in game two against Ohio Northern. After finding success in the first three innings, it was enough to carry the Pioneers for the remainder of the game. Marietta snagged the win, 5-2.
The Pioneers added two runs in the first and second inning, and followed up with their final run in the third. This was the last time either team brought a runner home.
The Bears’ only attack was in the bottom of the first due to RBI’s by Jack LaMarca and Belliveau. Ohio Northern added just two more hits the rest of the night.
Josh Ungerbuehler led the Pioneers with two hits on the night. The leftfielder went 2 for 5 with one RBI.
Mitch Geers continued his success at the plate contributing to one of the team’s six hits.
Tyler Nieberding added his fourth win of the season, setting his record on the mound at 4-1.