GENEVA, N.Y. – Thanks to five scoreless innings from Grant Donahue (Virginia) and four innings of one-run ball from the bullpen, the Elmira Pioneers (14-13) defeated the Geneva Red Wings (16-10) at McDonough Park by a score of 5-1.
The Pioneers were able to take the lead in the second inning when Allbry Major (Xavier) scored from third on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a walk.
The game would stay 1-0 until the seventh inning. Elmira was able to double their lead when Brett Rodriguez (Wofford) laced a ball back through the box for an RBI single. The lead would be extended to three in the eighth inning when Colton Evans (UC-Davis) worked a bases loaded walk.
Geneva would get that run back however in the bottom half of the inning. After reaching on a leadoff walk, Mikey Arman (Kenyon) scored from third on an RBI ground out from Will Simoneit (Cornell). That would be the only run that could Geneva could muster however, as Noah Hughes (Miss. State) would come in to shut the door on the Red Wings in the ninth.
Donahue earned his second win of the season as he threw five shutout innings. Donahue struck out seven while walking just one and allowing only two hits. The combination of Josh Smith (Kentucky), Bryce Zaparzynski (Mansfield), Alvin Vega (Canisius), and Noah Hughes threw four innings of one run baseball in relief of Donahue.
Alex Bellardini (Youngstown State) gets hung with the loss despite pitching well. Bellardini tossed seven innings, giving up just two runs, while striking out six.
The Pioneers will be back at Dunn Field tomorrow, Tuesday, July 4th, for a doubleheader against the Capital City Reds.