February 19, 2016

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

WADLEY, ALA. - The John A. Logan College baseball team tasted defeat for the first time this spring, falling to the host school, Southern Union State Community College, 5-3, Friday afternoon.

The Bison scored two runs in the first inning, one in the second, one in the seventh and one in the eighth. 

The 3-1 Volunteers scored a run in the third inning on an RBI double off the bat of freshman Marshall Gilbert. Logan Kaletha belted a solo homer in the fifth and the third run scored on a wild pitch. 

Pitcher of record for the Vols was sophomore righthander Matthias Dietz (1-1). He worked seven innings, allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits, struck out six, and walked two.

Freshman Taylor Grider hurled the final frame, surrendering one unearned run on one hit and recorded two strikeouts.

Sophomore shortstop Tyler Robertson had two hits, including a double, to pace the JALC offense. 

"Today was a very winnable game up until the eighth inning," said Logan head coach Jerry Halstead. "We just didn't make the plays defensively when we needed to and we didn't drive in the runs when we had opportunities. We had the right guys up at the plate, too, but just didn't get the job done."

Halstead said Dietz struggled at times. One run scored on a wild pitch and another on a balk.

"We also threw the ball away on a comebacker to the mound," Halstead said. "As well as we played last weekend, today was a disappointment."

Logan will take on Spartanburg Methodist of South Carolina at 3 p.m. today in Wadley and wrap up its three-day stay in Alabama on Sunday against Dyersburg State, Tenn.