Lawrenceville, Ga. – JT Bernard tossed a complete game as the Marietta Patriots (9-12) fell to the Gwinnett Tides 4-1 Saturday afternoon at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Bernard (2-1) needed just 102 pitches to go all nine innings in his sixth start of the season. The left-hander from Harvard University allowed one unearned run on six hits with two strikeouts and one walk.
Matthew Vaccaro had two hits to lead all Marietta batters. The Reinhardt University first baseman is 4-for-6 in his last two games.
Trailing 4-0, Nate Stinson reached on an error and Brandon Grover singled to lead off the seventh inning. Stinson then stole third on a called double-steal, but Grover missed the sign and remained at first. That allowed Gwinnett (7-14) to induce a double play which Stinson scored on to cut the deficit to 4-1. That was the only run Marietta could score as Bernard shut out the Pats for the remainder of the game.
Ryan Wesley (0-1) struck out eight, but allowed four runs, including three in the first inning, on five hits to pick up his first loss of the season.
The Tides added one more run in the fifth as Keven Jimenez walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch before advancing to third on a groundout and scoring on a pass ball to make it 4-0 Gwinnett.
Marietta is off for the next three days due to the 2018 Collegiate Prospect Showcase before facing the Gwinnett Tides at Jackie Smallwood Field on Wednesday, July 18th, at 7 p.m.