March 10, 2015

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARBONDALE - Pitchers dominated Monday as the John A. Logan College baseball team took a doubleheader from visiting Olney, 10-1 and 2-0 at Itchy Jones Stadium on the SIUC campus.

With the sweep, the Volunteers improve to 3-0 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference and 4-2 overall.

 

Getting the start in the opener and picking up the victory was sophomore righthander Ryan Dunne.

Dunne went seven inning and allowed one run on eight hits. He struck out nine and walked one.

 

"My curve was on early today. I was able to get a good feel for it," Dunne said. "Today...was a good team win. If we can keep playing ball like we did in this series with Olney, we should have a pretty good season."

 

Freshman Gabe Jelley worked the final two innings for Logan in the opener, striking out three.

Offensively, sophomore centerfielder Kyle Schneider led the charge for the Vols with four hits. He scored three runs.

 

Sophomore Jake Carpenter and freshman Logan Kaletha each stroked two hits. Sophomore Culver Plant had a base hit and two runs batted in. Freshman Kenny King had a double. Freshmen Austin Rieman and Tyler Horchem added singles.

 

In the nightcap, the Vols rode the steady left arm of SIU signee, Joey Marciano.

 

The sophomore struck out eight and walked three in going the full seven innings. He allowed only five hits.

 

Nate Tholl, Kaletha and Horchem had the Logan hits. The Vols scored their only runs in the second inning and it was enough for Marciano.

 

"Olney's a solid team. I just wanted to pitch my best like it was my last game," Marciano said.

 

The Chicago native said he can consistently throw his fastball, curve and slider for strikes, but is now working on developing a fourth pitch, a change up.

 

"I've been working pretty hard on it," he said.

 

Vols head coach Jerry Halstead was pleased to get the three-game series sweep against Olney.

 

"We hadn't played in a couple of weeks and are very fortunate to have Rent One Park six miles to the east of us and Itchy Jones Stadium six miles to the west, or we wouldn't have been able to get these games in due to the conditions on our home field."

 

Halstead said pitching did indeed set the tone.

 

"We got an outstanding effort out of Dietz Sunday and then two great follow-up efforts today out of Dunne and Marciano. Our hitting was very good the first two games of the series...not so good in the third game."

 

Logan will take on Kaskaskia College Saturday and Sunday at SIU.