ALPHARETTA -- Nate Dupree pitched all seven innings in Game 1 and Matthew Vaccaro went 3-for-3 with 5 RBI in Game 2 as the Marietta Patriots (10-19) split their doubleheader with the Alpharetta Aviators (11-16) Wednesday at Legion Field, falling 2-0 in Game 1 and winning 10-0 in Game 2.
Vaccaro's 5 RBI in Game 2 tied a Pats single-game record set by Austin Pharr in an 11-1 victory over the Phenix City Crawdads in 2017. The first baseman from Reinhardt University leads the Sunbelt with a league-record .465 batting average.
Game 1: Aviators 2, Patriots 0 (7 innings)
Nate Dupree's complete game in Game 1 was the first by a Pats pitcher since Michael Livingston's seven inning no-hitter against the Gwinnett Tides in 2017. The left-hander from Kennesaw State also recorded a season-high nine strikeouts but took the tough-luck loss after allowing two runs.
Both Dupree (1-4) and Alpharetta starter James Janco (2-0) were locked in a scoreless duel until the fifth inning. With two outs and a runner on, Dylan Minghini blasted a two-run homer over the left field wall to put the Aviators up 2-0.
The Patriots rallied in the seventh, putting runners on first and third with two outs. But Khalil Wilson struck out swinging as the Aviators earned their first victory on their home field this season.
Janco's final line saw him pitch all seven innings and allow no runs on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
Game 1: Patriots 10, Aviators 0 (5 innings)
Marietta jumped out front in the first on a fielder’s choice error at second base which allowed Livingston Morris to reach second and a run to score from third. Matthew Vaccaro then made it 2-0 with an RBI single that scored Morris from second.
The score remained that way until the third. With no outs and the bases loaded, Morris plated two runs with a double into left field, and then Vaccaro added two more on an RBI single through the left side to make it 6-0 Patriots.
The Patriots put the final touches on their run-rule victory with four runs in the fifth on six hits, highlighted by Vaccaro's second RBI double of the game and RBI singles from Adam Alicea and Palmer Sapp.
Ronny Piepmeier (2-2) pitched four scoreless innings to earn the victory for Marietta.
Marietta's season concludes Friday against the Gwinnett Tides at Ivey Watson Field in Gainesville. First pitch is at 7 p.m.