Geneva, N.Y.– The Newark Pilots (3-1) dropped its first game of the season 6-4 to Geneva on Saturday night. The Pilots split a two-game set with Red Wings, which each team winning at their home stadium.
The Red Wings (2-1) got on the board in the second inning with Matthew Eastman (St. Bonaventure) scoring on an error and Mike Korchak (Bucknell) coming home on a groundout. Both of these were unearned on the line of Newark starter Austin Cave (Holy Cross).
Cave would give up just two runs in the innings to follow, capping off his night with two strikeouts in the sixth. The right-hander would finish his Pilots’ debut with three and just five hits allowed in six innings of work. Cave is third consecutive Newark starter to throw at least six innings.
The Pilots trailed by three entering the sixth, but a two-out double from Julian Gallup (Niagara) would cut the deficit to 4-2. Russ Olive (UMass-Lowell) would cut the lead down to one with an RBI groundout to score Greg Cullen (Niagara) in the seventh.
After allowing two runs in the seventh, Dan Vucovich would plate a run on a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4. Newark battled, but ultimately ended up dropping its first game of the season.
The Pilots continue their road stint when they travel to Victor to take on the Railriders tomorrow at 7:05 p.m.