Herd Rallies but Falls
Baseball loses 8-7 in 12 innings to NC A&T
Feb. 22, 2014
GREENSBORO, N.C.--Marshall baseball rallied twice in Saturday's matchup vs. North Carolina A&T, but ended up falling to the Aggies 8-7 in 12 innings.
Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) led things off for Marshall, scoring in the top of the 1st. A&T responded in the bottom of the first, after Luke Tendler blasted a homer over the right field fence with a runner on board.
It was Tendler's second homer in as many games.
A&T's lead grew, as the Aggies plated a run in the 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings to give the Aggies a 5-1 lead.
In the top of the 8th, sophomore Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) led off. He was advanced by junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.). Both scored on a double from freshman Cory Garrastazu (Miami), who smacked it down the right field line. The Herd continued to rally, after Garrastazu scored on an RBI double from shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami).
Heading into the 9th, still down 5-4, Vogelbach again led off the inning with a single and advanced to second on a throwing error. Dundon then doubled to deep center, allowing Vogelbach to tie the game in the top of the 9th. Marshall again rallied in the top of the 10th, when Garrastazu scored off a double from catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.). First baseman Spencer Iacovone echoed, smacking a double to send Reed home and give the Herd a two run lead at 7-5.
Closer Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) entered the game in the 10th. The senior gave up a single and a walk to put two runners on. With two outs, an error by Herd third baseman Brandon Romero (Miami) allowed both runs to score, and the game was once again tied at seven all.
The game remained at a stalemate until the bottom of the 12th. Freshman southpaw Roscoe Blackburn (Worthington, Ohio) came in to relieve Hopkins after a lead off single.
A throwing error by Blackburn resulted in both runners moving up a base. Blackburn then intentionally walked two Aggies in order to get a force play.
Aggies' catcher Lester Salcedo instead ripped a single to right field as NC A&T plated the winning run.
Garrastazu continued to be an offensive force, going 4-6 with two runs, two RBI, and a double. Vogelbach recorded three hits on five at-bats with two runs, and Dundon went 4-6 with a run and RBI.