Marshall wins 9-0 in series finale shutout against FAMU
Will Ray and Marshall's bullpen held FAMU's batters to just three hits as the Herd won its first series of the 2018 season.
Tallahassee, Florida—Marshall baseball completed their series victory over Florida A&M Sunday with a 9-0 shutout victory in the Herd’s series finale.
Starting pitcher Will Ray got Marshall off on the right foot, throwing 4.2 scoreless innings and only allowing two hits, Marshall’s bullpen would go on to only allow one hit the rest of the game.
Marshall got off to a fast start in the top of the first inning when leadoff hitter Erik Rodriguez reached base on an error by the second baseman, he stole second base shortly after to move into scoring position. A passed ball by FAMU’s catcher while Andrew Zban was up to bat allowed Rodriguez to move to third. Shane Hanon then hit a single to score Rodriguez and give the Herd its first run of the game.
Raul Cabrera continued the fast first inning start with another single that moved Hanon to second base. Another early error by FAMU allowed Hanon to advance to third. Reynaldo Pastrana then came in and hit a sacrifice fly to deep right field to score Hanon for Marshall’s final run of the inning.
Peter Hutzal was the leadoff hitter in the top of the second, and he kept the hot bats going with a single up the middle of the field. Geordon Blanton hit a single and reached base, but Hutzal was out at second on a fielder’s choice. A single by Erik Rodriguez was deep enough to allow Blanton to advance to third base. With Andrew Zban up to bat, Rodriguez was caught stealing second base, but the attempt was enough to allow Blanton to score from third base to put Marshall up three runs.
FAMU got two of its three total hits in the second inning when Garrett Wilkinson and John Capra hit singles back-to-back to start the inning. After one out on a fly ball, the Rattler’s Kodi Russ was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Florida A&M. In prime scoring position A&M’s Ty Russ hit a line drive to the middle of the field, but second baseman Geordon Blanton was able to catch the ball before it hit the ground then made a great play to short stop Peter Hutzal who was able to complete the double play before the man on second tagged it, escaping a dangerous bases loaded situation.
The Herd kept the runs coming in the third inning after two straight outs to start the third. Reynaldo Pastrana got things going with a single to left field, he then stole second before the catcher could even get a throw off. Dakota Robbins got on base thanks to another FAMU fielding error, which also allowed Pastrana to advance to third. Tucker Linder then hit an RBI single to score Pastrana for the Herd’s only run of the inning.
After a quiet fourth inning for both teams, Shane Hanon put another run on the board with a leadoff solo homerun to start the fifth inning.
In the sixth inning Tucker Linder hit a leadoff single to get on base. Peter Hutzal singled after that advancing Linder to second base. Geordon Blanton reached first on a fielder’s choice, but Linder was called out at third base leaving runners on first and second. Blanton and Hutzal pulled off a double steal to move to second and third respectively. Another passed ball for FAMU’s catcher allowed Hutzal to score from third base and Blanton to advance to third. Andrew Zban then hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Blanton for the final run of the inning.
FAMU got its third and final hit of the game when pinch hitter Malachi Mitchell hit a single before the Herd retired three batters in a row in the seventh inning.
In the ninth inning Rodriguez hit a leadoff single, and then advanced to second on FAMU’s third passed ball of the game. Shane Hanon reached second base on a throwing error by the shortstop that also allowed Rodriguez to score from second base. Another error by the shortstop the very next play allowed Raul Cabrera to reach base and Hanon to advance to third. Reynaldo Pastrana then came in and hit his second sacrifice fly of the night to score Hanon from third base in what would be Marshall’s final run of the game.
Senior pitcher Matt Reed came in to close out the bottom of the ninth, and completed the Herd’s shutout with a fly out and two strikeouts.
The Herd finished with nine runs on 11 hits and had just one fielding error. Florida A&M was shutout with only three hits and also struggled defensively with six errors over the course of the game.
Pitcher Joshua Shapiro earned the win for Marshall pitching .1 innings and facing three batters. Shapiro escaped a bases loaded situation in the fifth inning by forcing a ground out. FAMU’s Dallas Oliver was the losing pitcher allowing eight hits and five runs (3 earned) in five innings pitched.
The Herd ends its first series of the 2018 season at 2-1, and will set its sights on Elon University in a three game series next weekend in North Carolina.