Feb. 21, 2017
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – A five-run second inning by the Virginia Tech Hokies set the tone for the 7-0 loss by the Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team on Tuesday at English Field at Union Park.
The Herd falls to 1-3 overall, while the Hokies stay perfect on the season at 4-0.
Virginia Tech started the second inning with back-to-back singles up the middle and a hit by pitch to load the bases. The Hokies drove in its first run of the inning with a groundout double play that scored the runner from third. VT went on to score four more runs in the inning with two outs.
The Hokies added a run in the fourth and seventh inning. Virginia Tech had a sacrifice fly in the fourth, while a single to left field drove in a runner from second with two outs in the seventh.
Junior infielder Will Ray led the Herd at the plate with two hits. He had a double off the center field wall in the second inning. He had a single through the right side in the seventh. Tyler Ratliff, Tommy Lane, and Andrew Zban each had one hit.
Starting pitcher Joshua Shapiro picked up his first loss of the season. He went 1.2 innings and allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits. Michael Gizzi, Parker Beine, Nicholas Newton, Jacob Bradley and Sam Boone all saw time in relief. Gizzi had a team-high three strikeouts. Boone struck out two of the three batters he faced.
Up next, Marshall heads to Western Carolina for a three-game series in Cullowhee, N.C. The Catamounts began the season with a 2-1 record, including a win over the reigning national champions Coastal Carolina.