@HerdBaseball Earns First Win of the Season at Kennesaw State
Tommy Lane was 3-for-5 with 2 RBIs
Box Score (PDF) | Coach Waggoner Postgame
KENNESAW, Ga. – Marshall baseball earned its first win of the 2017 season with a 7-4 victory against the Kennesaw State Owls (1-2) at Stillwell Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Thundering Herd (1-2) was led at the plate by senior first baseman Tommy Lane. The Pendleton, Ore., native went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Cory Garrastazu, Sam Finfer, Tyler Ratliff and Leo Valenti each had a RBI.
Kennesaw State got on the board in the first inning. After a walk and a hit by a pitch, the Owls benefited on a throwing error by Finfer that scored a pair of runners.
Kennesaw State looked to add more in the second inning by having the bases loaded with no outs. Marshall starting pitcher Patrick Murphy worked out of the jam by getting a double play from Damian Rodriguez in left field. Rodriguez caught a fly ball and rocketed the ball home to get the runner from third that was tagging up. Murphy got the next batter to groundout to Finfer to get out of the inning unharmed.
The bats came alive for the Thundering Herd in the third inning. Dakota Robbins and Andrew Zban led off the frame with back-to-back walks. Valenti drove in Robins with a double down the right field line in the next at bat. Garrastazu tied the game at two with a sac-fly to center field that scored Zban and moved Valenti to third. Finfer gave the Herd its first lead of the game with a single to right field that scored Valenti. Marshall added it fourth run of the inning as Lane singled to bring Finfer in from second.
Marshall tacked on three more runs in the seventh inning off two hits. Garrastazu walked and Finfer was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. Ratliff doubled to center field that scored Garrastazu. Finfer came around to score after a Lane single to second base. After Reynaldo Pastrana was walked to load the bases, Ratliff scored on a wild pitch.
Kennesaw State added a run in the bottom of the seventh and ninth. The Owls scored off a groundout to third base in the seventh, while scoring from an error in the ninth.
Freshman Hunter Sexton picked up his first collegiate win. The Jackson, Ohio, native came into the ballgame in relief for Murphy. He went three innings with three strikeouts and only allowed two hits. Murphy went two innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits. Michael Gizzi and Matt Reed each pitched an inning. Ratliff claimed his first career save of the season by pitching two innings with three strikeouts.
Quotes by head coach Jeff Waggoner
On the importance of getting a win today…
We came out the first two games and didn’t play so well. To come out today and get a win on the road was big for these guys and their confidence. It was a great team win. Everyone kind of step up and took a part in the win. I’m proud of these guys on the way they bounced back after playing so bad the first two games and to leave Georgia with a win.
The Thundering Herd returns to the diamond on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at Virginia Tech. First pitch is set for 3 p.m. The Hokies swept a three-game series against USC Upstate this past weekend.