Feb. 22, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.-- Marshall baseball earned its third victory of the season, defeating the North Carolina A&T Aggies 6-2 Friday night.
Starter Josh King (Troup, Ga.) earned his first win of the year. The senior put in six innings of work, giving up three hits and a walk while fanning six.
The Herd presented an interesting situation, scoring two runs before earning its first hit. The sixth inning began with a Sergio Leon (Miami) walk.
The Herd was given its second base runner two pitches later when freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) was hit by a pitch. With runners on first and second, designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) hit a sacrifice bunt to advance the runners.
The play gave the Herd an even bigger advantage after A&T tried to make the out at third but couldn't beat out a speedy Leon.
With bases loaded, a balk was called on Aggies' starter Tyler Boone, giving the Herd the first run of the game.
An Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) sacrifice fly allowed Bird to score, giving the Herd a 2-0 lead still with no hits on the board.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) soon changed that, cracking a single to left field to score Vogelbach.
Escobedo later scored off a sacrifice fly from first baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.).
The Herd kept the Aggies off the board until the 8th, when reliever Kyle Kessler (Matthews, N.C.) gave up a walk followed by a homerun to put two runs across.
Redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami) came to the mound in the ninth, looking to maintain the Herd's four run lead and secure its third win. In just 13 pitches, the right hander struck out two batters and got a flyout to end the game in Marshall's favor.
Leon went 2-3 in the contest with two runs. Freshman Cory Garrastazu (Miami) continued his hot bat, snatching up another two hits on five at-bats.
Marshall will return to action Saturday to face NC A&T in a 3:00 matchup.