Holly Springs, N.C. – The Morehead City Marlins (29-13) fell in the finale of their five-game road trip at Holly Springs (18-26), 4-2, at Ting Stadium.
Zach Vennaro (Mount Olive) made his first start of the summer in his third appearance of the summer. The senior worked into the third inning and notched three strikeouts while facing 11 batters.
Evan Lumbert (Florida Gulf Coast) took over on the mound in the third inning with one out and two Salamanders on base. The right-hander forced a pop out and ground out to the right side to leave the runners stranded. Lumbert finished with 2.1 innings pitched with three strikeouts.
Colin Allman (Newberry College) doubled with two outs in the top of the sixth inning. Brendan Dougherty (Bradley University) then drew a walk and Chaston Gordon (Pfeiffer University) was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Shortstop Alex Pimentel (Southwestern Oklahoma) followed by drawing a walk of his own that scored the first Marlin run of the game to cut the Holly Springs lead to 4-1.
In the next inning Craig Lewis (Seton Hill) worked his way on with a walk. A ground ball to the right side from Will Johnson (Eastern Kentucky) advanced Lewis to second. Hunter Shepherd (Catawba College) laced a single through the right side that brought Lewis into score and cut the Salamanders lead to two, 4-2.
Brandon Marklund (Bryan College) tossed 3.1 innings for Morehead City in his team-most 18th appearance of the season. The senior held Holly Springs to just two hits and scoreless, while recording a pair of strikeouts.
Dawson Moser (Arkansas-Monticello) entered in the bottom of the eighth inning and kept the Salamanders at bay, only facing four batters in the frame.
Team Records: Morehead City (29-13), Holly Springs (18-26)
News & Notes:
- Morehead City moves to 29-13 overall and 16-8 record on the road.
- Joe Mason's double gives him 10 on the season, a team-best.
- Colin Allman and Hunter Shepherd each notched a hit and one run scored.
- The Marlins are now 5-4 on Thursday evenings.
- Morehead City is now 6-3 against Holly Springs.
After seven consecutive road contests, the Marlins will return home to Big Rock Stadium to face Wilmington on Friday at 7:05 p.m.