Feb. 16, 2013
Box Score (PDF)
NORFOLK, Va. -- A slow start doomed the Thundering Herd baseball team to a 10-1 defeat on a cold and wet Saturday afternoon at Old Dominion's Bud Metheny Baseball Complex.
Marshall (1-1) conceded three runs in the opening inning and was never able to catch up as ODU (1-1) added a score in the third, two in the sixth, and four more in the eighth.
Isaac Ballou, who went 2-for-4 in the loss, lined a double down the third base line on the first pitch of the game, but the Herd's failure to bring him around to score would prove indicative of the rest of Marshall's day. MU tallied just five hits and one run off the Old Dominion pitching staff.
Monarch starting left-hander Ryan Yarbrough (1-0) claimed the win after going six innings and giving up the one (unearned) run. Yarbrough allowed two hits, struck out seven, and walked two.
Marshall starter Aaron Blair (0-1) suffered the loss. The junior threw four innings and gave up four earned runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out five.
Newcomers Alex Thackston, Brandyn Sittinger, and Sam Hunter - along with Terrence Moore - all worked from the pen. Thackston threw 1.2 innings and induced a ground ball that would have taken him out of the sixth, but Old Dominion capitalized on one of Marshall's three errors for the day and scored twice.
Freshman Travis Myers entered the game in a pinch-hit situation to lead off the ninth and singled on a blooper to right-center, collecting a base hit in his first plate appearance with the Herd.
Alfredo Brito and Andrew Dundon were each 1-for-3 in the loss.
Marshall scored its run in the fourth when Matt Kirkwood reached base on a hit-by-pitch, went to second on a ground ball to first base, then scored on a fielding error by ODU.
Josh Eldridge led the Monarchs, going 3-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs. Shortstop Tyler Urps was also 3-for-5 for ODU.
Game three - which will decide the series - will begin Sunday at 1 p.m. barring changes due to the weather. Visit HerdZone.com or follow @HerdZone on Twitter for news on potential changes.