The Saginaw Sugar Beets (2-4-0) gave up 3-runs in the seventh inning, dropping the rubber-match in the final game of a 3-game series with a 7-4 loss to the Muskegon Clippers (2-1-0) at Marsh Field in Muskegon, MI tonight.
The Clippers managed to get to Sugar Beets reliever Brandon Evans (Rochester College) scoring 3-runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, tagging Evans with his first loss of the season after giving up 3-runs on 3-hits and 1-walk, with 2-strikeouts through 3-innings.
Former Heritage high school standout Noah Marcoux (Davenport University) led off the game with his first home run in a Sugar Beets uniform to give Saginaw a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
Muskegon knotted things up when DH Ryan Blake-Jones (Grand Valley State University) drove in one of Marcoux's Davenport teammate's, Nolan Bryant (who had reached on a fielders choice) with an RBI-single to tie the game at 1-run apiece in the bottom of the first inning.
Beets third baseman Ryan Robinette (Lawrence Tech) reached on an error to lead off the third and was driven in on an RBI-double by Marcoux for a 2-1 lead, before shortstop Cooper Marshall (Western Michigan University) drove him in with a 2-run home run, his second of the season, for a 4-1 Sugar Beets lead midway through the third inning.
Muskegon shortstop Mason Stites (Cowley County CC) scored from third base in the fourth when Bryant was walked with the bases loaded, moving Clippers catcher Nathan Stephens (Harvard University) from second to third, before scoring on a wild pitch to cut the Sugar Beets' lead to 4-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Beets starter Billy Blair (Northwood University) gave up 2-earned runs on 3-hits and 5-walks, with 4-strikeouts through 4-innings, before he was replaced by Evans, while Traverse City native David Klug (Lawrence Tech) retired all 3-batters he faced to close out the bottom of the eighth inning for the Sugar Beets.
Marcoux and Cooper each finished 2 for 5 with 2-RBI's apiece to lead the Sugar Beets from the dish tonight.
The Sugar Beets will return home for a 12:05 pm game against the Irish Hills (Adrian, MI) Leprechauns on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University tomorrow afternoon.