MARIETTA, OH – La Roche College Baseball (21-17) split a double-header with the defending national champion #1 Marietta College (33-6) 1-0 (L) (11 innings), 7-3 (W) on Saturday. The win is this senior classes' second against Marietta having beaten them in 2009.
Tyler Ferguson, James Connelly, and Jesse Bauer gave the Redhawks great pitching performances and the La Roche defense was terrific in the 1-0 Game 1 loss. La Roche had runners in scoring position in the fourth, seventh, and eighth innings but could not advance the runners home before Marietta won it in the eleventh.
Tyler Ferguson started and allowed only 5 hits in 6 shutout innings while James Connelly recorded an out in the seventh inning. Jesse Bauer allowed only 1 run in 3 2/3 innings of relief.
Shane Healey and Sean Lubin led off Game 2 with singles before Ryan Fennell's 2-RBI double gave the Redhawks a 2-0 first inning lead. The host Pioneers answered with a run in the bottom of the first but three consecutive singles by Brian Tougher, Fennell, and Brad Goedeker and RBI's from Adam Zimmerman, Mitchell Meyers, and Dustin Lalle extended the lead to 5-1. Tougher and Goedeker scored fourth inning runs to take a 7-1 lead and Reed Tomlinson and Walt Hadjuk combined to allow just 2 runs over the final 4 innings in the win.
Reed Tomlinson recorded his second win against Marietta and fourth of the season after allowing only 2 runs in 4 innings. Walt Hadjuk allowed just 1 run in 3 innings to register the save.
Ryan Fennell went 2 for 4 with a two-run double, and a run scored while Brian Tougher reached base twice and scored twice. Adam Zimmerman got on base 3 times and added 2 RBI and Brad Goedeker finished with 2 RBI. Shane Healy went 2 for 4 with a run in the win.
The Redhawks will host Pitt-Bradford in the AMCC Tournament Semifinal on Thursday at 12:00pm.