Marietta, Ga. - The Marietta Patriots (9-14) put the tying run on third with one out in the ninth inning but couldn't bring it home as they fell to the Gwinnett Tides 3-2 Wednesday night at Jackie Smallwood Field.
Trevor Austin went 2-for-4 while recording three stolen bases. Brandon Grover drove in the Pats' lone RBI of the night and Matthew Vaccaro extended his hitting streak to five games with a single in the first inning.
Trailing 3-2 in the ninth, Trevor Austin sparked a one-out rally with a single into left field.
Austin then stole second before Livingston Morris struck out looking on a 3-2 count. Another stolen base by Austin put the tying run at third, but Stephen Cullen struck out swinging to end the game.
Gwinnett (8-14) jumped out front with three runs on three hits in the first inning off of Pats starter Nate Dupree (0-3).
The score remained 3-0 Tides until the third. With two outs and runners on first and second for the Pats, Brandon Grover delivered an RBI single into right field that scored the runner on second and cut the deficit to 3-1. A fielding error by Patrick Overstreet with two outs and a runner on third allowed Marietta to pull within 3-2, but that was as close as they would get. Both teams each had seven hits, but Marietta hurt themselves by leaving nine on base.
One of the bright spots for Marietta was Justin Freeman, who pitched three scoreless innings of relief. Freeman allowed just one hit and one walk while recording four strikeouts to keep the game within reach for the Pats.
Marietta travels to Georgia Gwinnett College College on Friday, July 19th, to finish off their three game series against the Gwinnett Tides at 7 p.m.