O'Brien Throws Seven Scoreless as Geneva Shuts Out Jamestown in 1-0 Win

GENEVA, N.Y. - Slater O’Brien (St. Joseph’s) delivered the second dominant pitching performance in as many nights at McDonough Park, as the Geneva Red Wings defeated the Jamestown Jammers 1-0 on Wednesday night.

A night after Geneva starter Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) threw 8.0 innings of two-run ball, O’Brien tossed 7.0 scoreless innings against the No. 1 seed in the West Division of the PGCBL.

The biggest threat to O’Brien came in the top of the sixth inning. With runners on the corners and 1 out, Chris Estrada (UTSA) lifted a fly ball to center field. Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) would make the catch and relay the throw home, but Collin Stack (UMBC) would beat the throw and score the first run of the game. O’Brien would put the ball back in play and then step off the rubber to throw to third, appealing his case that Stack left early on the tagging play. The home plate umpire ruled that Stack did in fact leave early, and he was called out in an inning-ending double play.

O’Brien would throw one more scoreless inning in the seventh to finish his outing. To get him the victory, his teammates Matt Smith (UC Davis) and Matt Chamberlain would come through offensively in the bottom half of the frame. The second hit of Matt Smith’s Red Wings debut would put a runner on for Geneva. Eventually, Smith would end up at second with two outs. A bouncing seeing eye single through the right side from Chamberlain would just get to the outfield grass. Smith, running on the pitch, never stopped as he rounded third and scored.

The scoring play would prove to be the difference. Ben Terwilliger (University of Maine) would come close things out for the Wings, earning a six-out save. Jamestown starter Nate Grant (St. Bonaventure) turned in a superb 6.0-plus innings in his start, but was slated with the loss, as the run was charged to him in the seventh inning.

Geneva beat Jamestown two times in as many nights, and moved within one game of first place in the West division.

The Red Wings are back on the road in Elmira tomorrow night, where they’ll take on the Pioneers. Andy Reed (Elmira) will be the starter for the Wings in that contest. 

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