Suwanee, Ga. – The Marietta Patriots (16-15) dropped game one of the Sun Belt Semi-Finals 7-1 against the Norcross Astros (22-9) Saturday afternoon at Peachtree Ridge High School.
With the loss, the Patriots now face a must-win situation as they trail 1-0 in their best-of-three series with Norcross and need a victory in game two to stay alive.
Nate Stinson went 3-for-4 to lead the Patriots at the plate, while Matthew Vaccaro drove in the Pats' only run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning.
Another bright spot for the Patriots was Jacob Hester. The right-handed redshirt freshman from Georgia College pitched the final 5.1 innings for Marietta and allowed just one run on five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.
After Marietta jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first before Norcross scored two runs in the second to take a 2-1 lead. The Astros added four more runs on four hits to increase their lead to 6-1 in the third. One more run came across on a wild pitch in the fourth as Norcross cruised the rest of the way to victory.
Chris Rolick (2-3) took the loss after allowing six runs on five hits with four strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings of work.
Game two is at Jackie Smallwood Field on Monday, July 30th at 7 p.m.