Mike Jones surrendered 1 run in the first inning at Hirtzel field Tuesday afternoon in his 6th start of the year. That would be the only run to cross the plate over the next 8 frames as Mercyhurst North East notched a 2-1 over victory over Gannon JV.
The Saints went to work right away - working runners in scoring position in both the first and second innings, but the Knight's pitching staff worked its way out of back to back jams.
In the top of the 6th, Jones recorded two outs before allowing runners to reach first and second. The Saints' head coach, Brandon Crum, went immediately to the pen for Dalton Donachie to get out of the pinch.
"I felt it was a good match up," Crum said. "We have a lot of confidence in Dalton's ability to pitch with inherited runners. He's very mindful and focused in climatic situations, where you really have to make pitches." This proved true as it took just two pitches for Donachie to get a jam-job ground-ball back at him to escape unscathed. Jones' strong start included 8 hits, 1 earned run, 3 walks, 2 punch outs and the no-decision.
Left fielder Blaze Chamberlain drilled a double off the wall to lead off the 6th and scored moments later after Snyder laced a 1-out single to bring across the go-ahead run.
Donachie pitched the final three frames without a single runner reaching 2nd base. Working through 3.1, he surrendered just 1 hit, 1 walk, and 1 strikeout.
The Saints are back in action on Thursday hosting Gannon in a single nine, beginning at 2pm at Hirtzel Field