Feb. 24, 2017
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CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Marshall baseball fell in its series opener at Western Carolina, 8-0, at Hennon Stadium on Friday afternoon in Cullowhee, N.C.
The Thundering Herd drops to 1-4 overall, while the Catamounts improves to 3-2.
It was a pitching duel between the starting pitchers. Marshall’s Wade Martin went five scoreless innings and allowed only one hit. The Wheelersburg, Ohio, native had four strikeouts. Western Carolina’s starting pitcher Bryan Sammons went six shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He also surrendered one hit in the win.
The Catamounts broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run home run to right field by Matthew Koehler. WCU went on to add two more runs in the inning off a groundout and a throwing error by Reynaldo Pastrana.
Western Carolina was able to put up four runs in the eighth inning. Andrew Robinson singled up the middle to score Matt Smith. Robinson came around to score after Cameron Blaquiere was walked with the bases loaded. Koehler added to his RBI total with two-run single up the middle.
Marshall was led at the plate by Cory Garrastazu. The Miami native was 2-for-3 with a single and a double off the right field wall. He also had a walk. Tommy Lane and Pastrana each had one hit.
Five pitchers saw time on the mound from the bullpen. Matt Reed went one-third of an inning and allowed four runs (three earned). He picked up his first loss of his career. Hunter Sexton went two-thirds of an inning with two strikeouts. Sam Boone, Nicholas Newton and Zac McNeel pitched the final two innings of the game. It was McNeel’s first collegiate appearance.
Marshall returns to the field on Saturday at 2 p.m. for game two of three at Western Carolina. Right-handed pitcher Jacob Niggemeyer is scheduled to get the start for the Herd.