Herd Baseball Blanks NC A&T 3-0|
Feb. 24, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Picking up where it left off from game one, Marshall’s pitching staff held North Carolina A&T to three hits, and the Thundering Herd shut out the Aggies 3-0 in the series finale Sunday evening at War Memorial Stadium.
Marshall (3-2) won the series and its second straight contest. NC A&T fell to 3-4.
Senior starting pitcher Wayland Moore (1-0) took the winning decision, retiring the first 13 hitters he faced and allowing only one base runner – a single – through 6.0 quality innings. Moore added six strikeouts and walked none.
Alex Thackston, Kolin Stanley, and Matt Margaritonda all worked from the pen and, like Moore, kept the Aggies guessing. Thackston threw a perfect seventh. Stanley, after seeing the tying run come to the plate, struck out back-to-back batters looking to escape the eighth. Margaritonda managed the ninth with only a walk and took his second save of the season.
Marshall scored all three of its runs in the seventh as Andrew Dundon and Gray Stafford doubled in runs. The inning started off with senior catcher Matt Kirkwood singling to center then advancing to second as Sergio Leon reached on an A&T error. With runners on first and second, Dundon lifted a double to center field, and Stafford followed two batters later with a double to right, scoring two.
Stafford finished the game 3-for-4 with two RBIs. Sophomore Eric Escobedo was 2-for-4.
A&T’s Cameron Jergens, who broke up Moore’s perfect game in the fifth, ended the game 2-for-3 while Reggie Washington (1-for-3) claimed the Aggies only other hit.
A&T starting pitcher Brent Moore went 7.0 innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on 10 hits and a walk but suffered the loss. B. Moore struck out six.
Marshall will travel to Charlotte, N.C. to face the Charlotte 49ers Monday at 12 p.m.