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Marshall Shuts Out Old Dominion 3-0 on Opening Day

Matt Margaritonda picked up his first career save in Friday's opening day victory

Feb. 15, 2013

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NORFOLK, Va. -- Chase Boster, Ryan Hopkins, and Matt Margaritonda limited Old Dominion to three hits on Friday, and Marshall’s baseball team defeated the Monarchs 3-0 at the Bud Metheny Baseball Complex. 

The victory marked the first time since 1977 that Marshall shut its opponent out on opening day (1-0 against Columbus College) and improved the Thundering Herd to 1-0.  Old Dominion dropped to 0-1. 

Freshman Boster, in his collegiate debut, allowed one hit and no walks over five innings, and although he retired the last 13 hitters he faced, he received no decision.  Monarch left fielder Josh Eldridge’s single up the middle in the first was the only base runner Boster allowed.

Hopkins, who came in for relief in the sixth, struck out four in three innings and gave up one hit and one walk.  The junior ran into trouble in the bottom of the seventh and eighth but escaped without any damage, striking out Old Dominion’s Ben Verlander looking in the seventh and getting an easy groundout in the eighth. 

Hopkins (1-0) was the winning pitcher.

Margaritonda struck out two in the ninth and took the save (1). 

Marshall scored all three of its runs in the seventh.  Freshman Aaron Bossi led the inning off, reaching base on a Monarch throwing error before coming around to score on another ODU miscue. 

Gray Stafford, Nathan Gomez, and Alfredo Brito batted in the Herd’s runs.  Gomez provided a base hit up the middle to score one, and Brito used a one-out sacrifice fly to left to score another. 

Stafford went 2-for-5 in the victory, doubling his first time up and reaching on a bunt single in the third.  Stafford’s RBI came on a ground ball to second base. 

Gomez was 2-for-4 with a walk. 

Eldridge was 2-for-4 for Old Dominion.  The Monarch’s only other hit came from first baseman Joey Burney (1-for-3). 

ODU starting pitcher Dean Ali allowed two hits and struck out six over four innings but did not factor into the decision. 

Brad Gero (0-1) exited midway through the seventh in a scoreless game but took the loss. 

Marshall left nine runners stranded in the contest, including five over the first three innings. 

Game two of the series is scheduled for Saturday at 2 p.m.  Visit or follow @HerdZone on Twitter for possible changes.