On the road for the second straight night, the Marshall A's ran out of gas Wednesday in Sacred Heart. The Saints snapped the A's seven-game winning streak by claiming a 5-3 win in Corn Belt League play. It was Marshall's first league loss of the season.
Jordon Kontz took the mound for Marshall (9-2 overall) and got through the first four innings without giving up a run. The A's were up 3-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth before Sacred Heart struck for three runs to tie the game.
The Saints (6-6 overall) tacked on the go-ahead run the following inning and added an insurance run in the eighth.
Sacred Heart's Nate Hebrink tossed seven innings for the Saints and earned the win. Matt Koenen came on for the final two innings and earned the save. The pair combined to hold Marshall scoreless the final four innings.
Kontz lasted seven innings before being relieved by Andrew Kinney who came on in the eighth and gave up one run.
The A's collected eight hits in the loss, with three players recording multi-hit games. Kinney led the way with three hits, while Tanner Neale and Jason Minett each had two. All of Marshall's hits were singles.
Marshall is off for a night and will resume league play Friday with a road game against the Milroy Yankees. The A's defeated the Yankees 10-0 in seven innings at Legion Field when the teams met in Marshall on May 31.
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M-Jordon Kontz, Andrew Kinney (8). SH-Nate Hebrink, Matt Koenen (8). WP-Hebrink. LP-Kontz. S-Koenen.