Feb. 18, 2017
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ATLANTA - A seven-run inning by No. 21 Georgia Tech proved to be too much for Marshall baseball to overcome, as the Thundering Herd fell 11-3 on Saturday at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Marshall falls to 0-2 overall, while the Yellow Jackets improve to 2-0 overall.
Georgia Tech took advantage of a costly error in the second inning. Marshall starting pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer was credited with a throwing error trying to throw out Kyle McCann at first with one out. After a fly out to right field, Chase Murray singled through the right side to move the runner up to second. Austin Wilhite drove in the first run of the game with a single to right field that scored McCann. Wade Bailey doubled to right center to score Murray and Wilhite in the following at-bat. Trevor Craport cleared the bases with a two-run homer to left field. The home runs kept coming for the Yellow Jackets, as Joey Bart and Kel Johnson each had solo homers. Georgia Tech led the Herd, 7-0, after two innings.
GT continued to find success at the plate in the third and fourth inning. Craport doubled to center field to score Bailey and Wilhite in the third. Wilhite and Bailey each had an RBI single in the fourth.
Marshall found a spark in the ninth as junior Will Ray earned a pinch-hit leadoff walk. Redshirt senior Billy Sager followed with a single through the left side to advance Ray to second. After two fly outs to right field, sophomore Damian Rodriguez doubled to deep left center field that scored Ray and Sager. Sophomore Andrew Zban hit his first extra-base hit of his collegiate career in the following at-bat to score Rodriguez.
The Herd finished with six hits that came from six different players. Sam Finfer, Tyler Ratliff, Shane Hanon, Sager, Rodriguez and Zban all had one hit.
Niggemeyer picked up the loss for the Thundering Herd. The Powell, Ohio, native went 1.2 innings and allowed seven runs (zero earned) on seven hits. He had one strikeout. Brad O'Connor, Nicholas Newton and Parker Beine made their season debuts on the mound. O'Connor went two innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. Newton and Beine pitched a combined 4.1 innings and only allowed two hits.
Marshall completes its three-game weekend in Atlanta at Kennesaw State on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sophomore left-handed pitcher Patrick Murphy is scheduled to get the start for the Herd. The Owls are starting right-handed pitcher Gabe Friese.