La Roche rallies past Marietta in doubleheader sweep

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MARIETTA, Ohio — La Roche College swept a non-conference baseball doubleheader from Marietta College Monday (March 27) afternoon at Don Schaly Stadium. The Redhawks took game one, 7-4, and then completed the sweep with an 11-3 victory in the second game.

Marietta slips to 6-9 on the season, while La Roche improves to 10-5 overall.

Redhawk first baseman David Lemley hit a grand slam in the top of the ninth to propel La Roche past the Pioneers in the first game. Lemley finished the game 3-for-5 with a double, home run and six runs batted in.

The teams traded runs in the first inning as Lemley had an RBI-single for La Roche and Greg Peffley score for Marietta on a throwing error.

Marietta took the lead with another unearned run in the third. With one out, Mike Hale and Eric White hit back-to-back singles. Connor Golden hit a chopper back to the pitcher who threw the ball away at second base trying for the double play. Hale came around to score on the error.

The Pioneers extended their lead to 3-1 in the sixth. Jonathan Pingree reached on a one-out walk and stole second base. Geoff Snyder worked a free pass and ball four got away from the Redhawk catcher allowing Pingree to move over to third. A second wild pitch allowed Pingree to score.

After giving up a run in the first, Pioneer starter Scott Oberhelman posted zeros on the board in the next six frames. La Roche finally chased Oberhelman in the eighth. Luis Navedo was hit by a pitch to start the inning and then Lemley doubled into the leftfield corner driving in Navedo.

Oberhelman got the next batter to fly out before head coach Brian Brewer went to the bullpen. James Angel took over and got the Pioneers out of the inning without any more damage.

Trailing 3-2, Mitchell Yard pinch hit for La Roche to start the ninth inning and singled through the left side of the infield. Johnathan Spina dropped down a bunt and Angel's throw to second was wide giving the Redhawks runners at first and second with no outs.

Corey Lazor reached on an infield single off the glove of a diving Geoff Snyder at third base. Yard scored on the hit and Spina moved to third. Marietta intentionally walked Navedo to load the bases for Lemley. Lemley hit the 2-1 offering from Angel off the scoreboard in left-center for the grand slam and a 7-3 lead.

Marietta scored one run in the bottom of the ninth and left the bases loaded without getting a base hit. Snyder and Peffley were hit by pitches and White reached on a wild pitch on strike three. Joe Garnder was hit by a pitch forcing Snyder in with MC's final run.

Oberhelman went 7.1 innings and gave up two runs on nine hits. He walked one and struck out four. Angel (0-3) took the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in 1.0 inning of work. Easton Berry retried both batters he faced.

Tre Thomas started for La Roche and threw 6.0 innings. He allowed three runs on six hits with three walks and five strikeouts. Justin Johnson worked 1.1 innings of hitless relief. Anthony Romano (2-0) got the win tossing 0.2 innings and Shane Emrich pitched the ninth.

White was the lone Pioneer with two hits in the game, while Peffley had a double.

In the nitecap, La Roche scored nine runs in the final four innings to secure the victory. Lemley had another stellar game going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, two walks and two RBI.

White was 3-for-4 with a double for the Pioneers. Bobby Newbury and Seamus Kenneally both finished 2-for-5.

Ian Luttrell (1-3) started and threw 6.0 innings for the Pioneers. He was charged with four runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Tommy Crowl worked the final 3.0 innings and allowed seven runs on seven hits. He walked one and struck out one.

Tanner Stanz (2-0) started and got the win for La Roche. He threw 6.0 innings and allowed three runs on five hits. Stanz walked two and struck out four. Trey Claar, Chris Hanlon and Cole Cogley all threw in relief for the Redhawks.

Marietta plays a single nine-inning game at Frostburg State University on Tuesday (March 28). First pitch is set for 3:30 p.m.