University Center, MI:
The Saginaw Sugar Beets (1-2) dropped the rubber-match game, ultimately losing the series following a 12-1 loss to the St. Clair (Windsor, ON) Green Giants (2-1) on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University this afternoon.
Sugar Beets starter (SVSU sophomore) Eric Fritz (0-1, 9.64 ERA) received very little run support while picking up his first loss of the season after giving up 4-runs on 6-hits and 3-walks, while striking out 4-batters through 4 1/3 innings.
Fritz was replaced by (Lawrence Tech senior) Matt Blunk (12.46 ERA) who would go on to give up 5-runs on 8-hits, with 1-strikeout throughout the next 2-innings of relief, before Beets reliever Brandon Evans (Rochester College) gave up an unearned run on 2-hits and 1-walk, with 1-strikeout through 1 2/3 innings of relief.
Beets' closer Ryan Robinette (Lawrence Tech) closed out the final inning, giving up 1-earned run on 1-hit and 1-walk to finish out the ninth inning for Saginaw.
Green Giants starter (a sophomore from Mesa, AZ who plays at Yavapai Junior College) Marcus Christy (1-0, 0.00 ERA) picked up his first win of the season after giving up just 3-hits and 2-walks, with 1-strikeout through 6-solid innings today.
The Sugar Beets would finally get on the board when Noah Marcoux (a sophomore at Davenport University) led off the last inning with a double, moved to third when his Davenport University teammate David Houle grounded out to shortstop, then scored when Max Trucks (Alma College) grounded to second base to make it a 12-1 game in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Marcoux led the Beets from the dish, going 2 for 4 with 2-doubles and 1-run scored, followed by Trucks, who was 2 for 4 with 1-RBI, while former Frankenmuth standout Brady Wood (Adrian) finished 1 for 4, which accounted for all 5 of the Sugar Beets' hits this afternoon.
The Sugar Beets will head out for the first road trip (Fri-Sun) kicking off a 3-game series against the Muskegon Clippers starting with the first game at Marsh Field in Muskegon, MI at 7:05 pm tomorrow night.