Christian Herstine pitches No. 10 Marietta's 21st program no-hitter
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Sophomore Christian Herstine pitched a no-hitter in Marietta's 8-0 win against Montclair State on Thursday afternoon. It was the 21st no-hitter in program history and the first since Brian Gasser no-hit Baldwin Wallace in 2011.
Herstine (2-0) faced two batters more than the minimum. Three Redhawks reached base via the walk, but one was erased with a double play. Herstine struck out nine MSU batters and needed just 101 pitches in the game.
Marietta (6-2 overall) scored six runs in the first three innings and added a couple of insurance runs in the seventh inning.
Second baseman Christian Demko smacked a three-run double in the second inning. Demko finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored and the three RBIs.
Shortstop Ryan Hanahan and right fielder Tim McCoy both went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a triple.
The win against Montclair State (3-5 overall) avenged a 5-4 loss to the Redhawks on Monday.
In the second game of the afternoon, No. 10-ranked Marietta fell to No. 6-ranked Webster (4-1 overall) by the score of 5-4 in 10 innings.
The Gorloks built a 4-0 lead before the Etta Express got rolling and scored three runs in the eighth and one in the ninth to forcing the extra inning.
Sophomore Jason Byers started on the mound for Marietta and worked 6.0 innings. He allowed three runs on eight hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Freshman Jim Luyster pitched 3.0 innings and gave up one run on no hits and struck out three.
Junior Mike Fulton was tagged with the loss. Fulton tossed the 10th inning and was touched up for a run on three hits.
Trailing 4-0 heading into the bottom of the eighth inning, Clint Roche led off with a single up the middle. Hanahan followed with a base hit through the right side of the infield. After a fly out, both runners moved up 90 feet on a passed ball.
Demko dropped a single down the right field line scoring Roche and moving Hanahan to third. After a pitching change, a wild pitch allowed Demko to move up to second base.
First baseman Mitch Geers was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. A second wild pitch scored Hanahan. Left fielder Josh Ungerbuehler reached on an error driving in Demko with Marietta's third run of the inning. Webster ended the rally with a double play.
Catcher Chris Winpigler led off the ninth with a single. Doug Bennett pinch ran for Winpigler at first base. Pinch hitter Tyler Packanik dropped down a sacrifice bunt but the throw to first sailed down the line allowing Bennett to move all the way to third base.
Roche was hit by a pitch loading the bases with no outs. Hanahan grounded into a double play allowing Bennett to score the tying run.
Three singles in the top of the 10th inning gave Webster the bases loaded with one out. Matt Wollnik lined out to McCoy in right field. On the play, Connor Hogan tagged at third and headed for the plate. McCoy's throw was high and Connor slid in safely with the go ahead run.
In the bottom of the tenth Marietta got a pair of base runners but couldn't get the RBI base hit.
Winpigler and Hanahan each had two hits in the game for Marietta.