Baseball defeats Amherst to finish Southern swing with a 9-2 record

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PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida — The Marietta College baseball team defeated Amherst College by the score of 10-3 Saturday (Mar. 17) morning. The Etta Express heads north with a 9-2 overall record. The Mammoths falls to 2-4 on the season.

The Pioneers took advantage of an Amherst error in the first inning to score a pair of unearned runs. Damian Yenzi and Jonathan Pingree each delivered a two-out RBI single to put Marietta in front, 2-0.

Marietta used a little two-out lightning again in the second inning. After the first two Pioneer batters struck out, Geoff Snyder singled to center and Chris Petrucci dropped down a perfect base hit bunt. Shane Fetsko followed with a triple into the right center gap scoring both runners.

Staked to the early lead, freshman pitcher Dalton Wiggins cruised through the first three innings allowing just one Amherst hit. The Mammoths finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth inning on a solo home run off the bat of Ariel Kenney.

Wiggins (2-0) didn't let the long ball faze him and went on to throw 6.0 innings for his second win of the season. He allowed one run on four hits. Wiggins walked one and struck out two.

Marietta got the run back in the seventh when Pingree launched a towering home run deep over the leftfield fence.

The Pioneers extended their lead to 8-1 with three more runs in the eighth. Fetsko drove in a run when the Amherst shortstop, playing in on the grass, was unable to throw Seamus Kenneally out at the plate. Mike Hale followed Fetsko and laced a double down the leftfield line scoring two more.

Austin Eaton took over on the mound for Marietta in the bottom of the seventh and surrendered a pair of unearned runs making it 8-3. Eaton worked 2.0 innings and allowed the two unearned runs on three hits. He struck out one.

Snyder tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the top of the ninth with a two-run double.

David Stover pitched the ninth for the Pioneers and allowed three hits but no runs. He also struck out one Amherst batter.

Sam Schneider (0-2) started on the mound for Amherst and took the loss. He threw 6.2 innings and allowed five runs, three earned, on 12 hits. Schneider walked two and struck out four. Landry May worked the final 2.1 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on two hits. He walked four Pioneers.

Pingree finished 4-for-4 with the home run and two RBI. Snyder went 3-for-3 with a double and three runs batted in. Petrucci and Fetsko each had two hits in the game.

Marietta opens the northern part of the schedule on Tuesday (Mar. 20) with a single, nine-inning game at La Roche College in Pittsburgh. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.