Brookhaven, Ga. – The Marietta Patriots (6-4) and the Brookhaven Bucks (6-5) split their doubleheader at Oglethorpe University Tuesday night.
Brookhaven won the first game 3-1 in seven innings while Marietta won game two 3-1 after heavy lightning conditions forced an early end to the contest after 5 innings.
The Bucks struck first in the second inning as Zavier Lushington hit a one out triple into right field. Connor Stutts then drove him home with an RBI groundout to the shortstop, putting Brookhaven up 1-0.
Marietta responded with a run in the bottom half of the second. With two outs and runners on first and second, Devin Billardello hit an RBI single, scoring the runner on second and tying the game 1-1.
The score remained that way until the fifth inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Jack Rubenstein smacked Nate Dupree’s 0-1 pitch to the left field wall, scoring both runners and putting the Bucks up 3-1. Dupree (0-1) finished the game recording six strikeouts while allowing three runs on three hits and two walks in five innings of work.
Zach Williams (2-0) picked up the win for the Bucks, allowing only one run on three hits and two walks while striking out six in five innings, while Christopher Bergmoser (1) pitched the final two innings for the Bucks, picking up his first save of the season.
The second game of the doubleheader remained scoreless until the bottom of the fourth when Cameron Hearn and Brett Olson each drew one-out walks. Zavier Lushington then flew out to center field for the second out before Brenton Sanders singled, scoring Hearn and putting the Bucks up 1-0. Sean Fitzpatrick (2-0) then came on to pitch for Marietta and promptly walked the first batter he faced to load the bases before Trey Vanderpool made a phenomenal diving catch on Cole Nueber’s line drive to rob him of a base-hit and end the Brookhaven threat.
Marietta responded by loading the bases to lead off the fifth. Trevor Austin then singled, driving in two runs and putting the Pats up 2-1. Marietta then made it 3-1 on a wild pitch before the game was called due to heavy lightning in the area.
Fitzpatrick walked two batters, but also allowed no runs and no hits while recording one strikeout to earn the victory.
Marietta returns to action on Thursday, June 28th, as they travel to Legion Field in Alpharetta, Ga. to face the Alpharetta Aviators. First pitch is at 7 p.m.