ELMIRA, N.Y. – Behind six shutout innings from Andy Reed (Elmira), the Geneva Red Wings (11-4) took down the Elmira Pioneers (6-10) by a final score of 5-2 at Dunn Field.
Geneva got on the board early, as a Joe Preziuso (Canisius) error at third base on a grounder hit by Mikey Arman (Kenyon) allowed Matt Chamberlain (New Haven) to score from third with the game’s opening salvo.
In the 2nd, the Red Wings would tack on two more thanks to a flurry of extra base hits. Following a Will Simoneit (Cornell) single to open the inning, Langston Livingston (St. Joseph’s) ripped a ball into the gap that turned into a run scoring double for Livingston. Matt Smith (UC-Davis) followed up Livingston with a double of his, but was thrown out at third trying to extend it to a triple, however, Livingston did come across to score on the play giving Geneva a 3-0 advantage.
With runners at the corners and two outs in the top of the 3rd, Will Simoneit collected his second hit of the day as he blasted a double that scored Justin Barr (Central Alabama C.C.) with Geneva’s fourth run of the game.
With the early cushion, Red Wings starter Andy Reed settled into a groove and ended up throwing six scoreless innings, allowing just three hits while striking out four.
Following the rocky opening three innings, the Pioneers pitching staff would settle down as after the 3rd inning the Pioneers would throw four consecutive shutout innings. Starter Parker Ford (Mississippi State) tossed a scoreless 4th, before being relieved by Jackson Tedder (Virginia) who pitched a scoreless 5th, and then Bryce Zaparzynski (Mansfield) and Allbry Major (Xavier) each pitched a scoreless inning of their own.
In the 8th, that scoreless streak would be snapped when Justin Etts (NJIT) hit an RBI single against Allbry Major that pushed the score to 5-0.
Elmira would thwart Geneva’s shutout bid when in the bottom of the inning, a miscommunication amongst the Red Wings first baseman, second baseman, and right fielder allowed a Conor Grammes (Xavier) popup to drop in and score two runs making the score 5-2.
However, those were all the runs the Pioneers would get as Devon King (Post) came in to shut the door, pitching a 1-2-3 9th inning to end the game.
Reed notches the win for Geneva after he threw six scoreless innings. Devon King gets his first save of the year after he put the finishing touches on the Pioneers in the 9th.
Ford takes the loss for the Pioneers, his first. He threw four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, while striking out three.