March 31, 2014

JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

OLNEY – The John A. Logan College baseball team won the opener of a key three-game series with the Olney Blue Knights Friday, defeating the host school, 6-3. The Blue Knights were only one game behind the first-place Volunteers in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference standings going into the game.

Logan has now won eight league games to Olney’s six and stand 14-10 overall.

“It’s a good road win and a great way to start the series,” said Vols head coach Jerry Halstead. “I thought our hitters did a great job of battling at the plate and building a 6-0 lead for us. Our starting pitcher (freshman Joey Marciano) didn’t have great command today, but he also battled, keeping Olney off the scoreboard until the seventh inning.”

Marciano went 6 2/3 innings altogether in picking up his fifth win of the spring against only one loss. He allowed two runs on two hits and struck out five, but walked seven.

Michael Yacko relieved and earned the save, giving up one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work. He struck out one and walked three.

The Vols pounded out 11 hits – all singles. Tanner Scott and Konner Lutz led the offense with three safeties each. Scott also drove in a pair. Joba Ferrell had two hits and scored two runs. Walker Owens was 1-4 with an RBI. Kyle Schneider was 1-4 with an RBI. John Tolliver had an RBI single. Culver Plant also drove in a run with a groundout.

Olney’s pitcher of record was starter Ryan Dills, who allowed four runs in six innings of work. He struck out six, walked one and surrendered nine of Logan’s 11 hits.

The Vols plated one run in the first inning, three more runs in the fifth and two in the seventh.

Logan hosts a doubleheader with Olney today beginning at noon. The games will either be played at Logan or Rent One Park in Marion, depending upon the weather.

“It was nice to pick up some ground, but now we have to take advantage of being at home and win a couple more games,” Halstead said. “It’s not time to let up.”