Marshall Falls to NC A&T 10-7 in Series Opener|
Feb. 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- North Carolina A&T came from behind to defeat Marshall’s baseball team 10-7 Thursday at War Memorial Stadium.
Marshall (1-2) scored three times in the top of the first and led 5-4 midway through the fifth inning but a relentless NC A&T offense, which produced runs in five innings, forced the Thundering Herd into its second straight defeat.
A&T snapped a two-game skid and improved to 3-2.
Marshall’s opening frame saw Isaac Ballou lead off with a walk then Gray Stafford reach on a base hit before Alfredo Brito singled to center to score them both. Freshman Chase Vogelbach notched his first career hit with an ensuing RBI-double down the left field line to put MU on top 3-0.
Over the next three innings, Marshall traded runs with the Aggies until losing the lead for good on a Brandon Wilkerson pinch hit two-RBI single through the left side with one out in the fifth. The Aggies added insurance to that lead with a pair of runs in the sixth and again in the seventh.
Facing an 8-5 deficit, Marshall threatened in the top of the seventh, putting together a two-out rally that saw Eric Escobedo drive in his first run of the season with a single to right field.
The Herd scored once more in the ninth when senior Matt Kirkwood singled then scored on an error by A&T. Kirkwood ended the game 1-for-4 with a walk; he also scored three times.
Vogelbach added singles in the third and seventh to his double in the first and ended the day 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Ryan Hopkins (1-1) was the losing pitcher, surrendering four runs – two earned – on six hits in 2.2 innings. Hopkins, who struck out four and walked none, entered the game after freshman Chase Boster was forced into an early exit. Boster lasted 2.0 innings and gave up two earned runs on one hit and four walks. Boster added two punchouts, on back-to-back batters in the second.
Kyle Kessler kept NC A&T scoreless in his one inning of work.
A&T starting pitcher Josh Ganus (2-0) won his second game in as many starts. Ganus went 7.0 innings and allowed six runs – four earned – on eight hits and four walks while striking out four.
Reliever Tyler Boone threw the final two innings with similar success.
Marshall and NC A&T are tentatively scheduled for a 3 p.m. first pitch on Friday. Visit HerdZone.com or follow @HerdZone on Twitter for information on possible changes.