Pioneers Baseball Suffers First Loss Of The Season

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Despite holding a 4-2 lead going into the bottom of the seventh, the No. 12 Marietta Pioneers (4-1) lost their first game of the season on walkoff single to the Montclair State Red Hawks, 5-4.

The Pioneers jumped out to an early lead on a Josh Ungerbuehler RBI single in the top of the first. Marietta would not hang to the lead for long, as the Red Hawks took a 2-1 lead after the first.

Marietta struggled to hold a lead all day. Going into the top of seventh tied at 2-2, the Pioneers scored two runs to take a 4-2 lead on a passed ball and an RBI single by Mitch Geers. Montclair State came rolling back in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 4-4.

In the top of the ninth, the Pioneers stranded a runner at second and the score remained tied going into the bottom of the ninth. A lead-off double by Cody Pace followed by a sacrifice bunt gave the Red Hawks the game-winning run at third with one out. The Pioneers intentionally walked the bases-loaded to counter act the sac bunt. Jim Lyuster struck out Anderson Rosa for the second out of the inning to bring up the do-or-die situation of either extra innings or a walkoff victory for Montclair State.

Juan Perdomo Jr. came through in the clutch for the Red Hawks by bringing home the game-winning run.

Geers was perfect at the plate with five hits, a run scored, a stolen base and an RBI. He was a homerun short of the cycle.

The Pioneers look to get back on track tomorrow when they take on the College of Wooster Fighting Scots in a rematch after the Pioneers beat the Scots on Sunday.