Marietta and Baldwin Wallace split an OAC doubleheader

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BEREA, Ohio — It was a day of late game heroics as Marietta College and Baldwin Wallace University split an Ohio Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader Sunday (April 9) afternoon at Fisher Field. The Etta Express took game one, 4-1, in 11 innings and the Yellow Jackets earned the split with a 6-2 win in the nitecap.

Marietta moves to 9-10 overall and 4-2 in the OAC. Baldwin Wallace  is 14-10 on the season and 3-5 in conference games.

The Etta Express scored three runs in the top of the eleventh inning to break a 1-1 tie and claim the first game. It was BW's turn in game two as the Yellow Jackets plated five runs in the bottom of the eighth turning a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead.

Senior Tyler Nieberding started on the hill for Marietta in game one and turned in another stellar performance. The right-hander pitched 6.0 innings of shutout ball on Wednesday at Muskingum but didn't get the win as the Pioneers needed extra innings to beat the Muskies.

Today, Nieberding again worked 6.0 strong innings and was not credited with the win in game one. He allowed one run on four hits with three walks and five strikeouts.

Just like on Wednesday at Muskingum, junior David Stover (3-0) took over for Nieberding and earned the win. Against the Yellow Jackets, Stover threw 5.0 shutout innings allowing four hits and striking out three.

The Pioneers scored an unearned run in the second inning. Designated hitter Shane Fetsko led off with an infield single and advanced to third when the BW third baseman mishandled a ground ball off the bat of Seamus Kenneally. Michael Barnabei followed with a single to center field scoring Fetsko.

Baldwin Wallace evened the score with a run in the third. Chase Knodle doubled into the left center gap to start the inning. Two straight groundouts brought Knodle around to score.

Yellow Jacket starter Evan Lovick got stronger as the game wore on. He worked 9.0 innings and allowed one unearned run on five hits. Lovick walked three and struck out eight. Lovick turned the game over to Danny Cody to start the tenth inning.

Pioneer catcher Eric White started the eleventh inning by earning a walk. Cody hit Fetsko with a pitch giving Marietta two base runners with nobody out. Kenneally dropped down the sac bunt moving both runners into scoring postion.

Marietta skipper Brian Brewer inserted Tyler Ruhl to run for White at third base and it paid off as Ruhl scored the winning run. Barnabei hit a sharp ground ball to third. The BW third baseman made a diving stop but his throw to the plate was not in time to get Ruhl as he slid safely across the plate with the winning run.

Festko moved to third on the play and then scored when Cody was called for a balk. Jack Raines took over on the mound for Cody and surrendered a single to pinch hitter Zack Ward. Barnabei scored on Ward's hit making it 4-1.

Cody (3-3) took the ooss. He threw 1.1 innings and was charged with three runs on one hit. He walked one and struck out one. Raines pitched 0.2 innings and gave up one hit and struck out two.

Barnabei finished 2-for-5 with one run scored and two runs batted in.

In the second game, Barnabei put Marietta on top in the third inning when he smacked a solo home run. His first career homer as a Pioneer. BW tied the game in the bottom of the inning when Cole Nieto singled to right field scoring Nodle, who singled and stole second.

The Pioneers regained the lead in the sixth inning. Greg Peffley reached on a one-out walk. Following a fly out, Mike Hale doubled to left scoring Peffley for a 2-1 MC lead.

Marietta starter Scott Oberhelman went 6.0 innings and allowed one run on five hits. He walked one and had four strikeouts. Kordell Antill took over to start the seventh inning.

The Yellow Jackets rallied for five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning. A Pioneer error resulted in three unearned runs as BW sent 10 batters to the plate in the inning.

Antill (2-1) was tagged with the loss. He threw 2.0 innings and gave up five runs, two earned, on four hits. Antill walked one and struck out one.

Brandon Lekan started for the Yellow jackets and tossed 6.0 innings. He allowed two runs on three hits with three walks and two strikeouts. Michael Hubert (1-0) got the win after working 3.0 shutout innings. He scattered four hits, walked one and struck out one.

Barnabei was again MC's leading hitter going 2-for-4 with the home run.

Marietta returns home to host No. 20 Otterbein University on Tuesday (April 11). It will be the 19th annual Community Day at Don Schaly Stadium and the first pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.