Feb. 25, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Marshall baseball led twice in the early going but ultimately fell to Charlotte 7-3 on a cold and gloomy afternoon at Hayes Stadium.
The Thundering Herd fell to 3-3 while Charlotte moved to 4-1.
Marshall committed two errors in the third, two in the sixth, and one more in the seventh as Charlotte plated six unearned runs across those innings.
Freshman starting pitcher Michael Taylor (0-1) suffered the loss despite allowing only one earned run – three total – in 2.2 innings. Taylor struck out two and walked three.
Marshall gained the early advantage when senior Isaac Ballou led the game off with a single to right field then came around to score on an Alfredo Brito two-out single.
After yielding a run in the bottom half, the Herd went back into the lead in the top of the second as Chase Vogelbach reached on a base hit and was singled home by Andrew Dundon.
It was all Charlotte from there. The 49ers scored three times in the bottom of the third and seventh while adding a single run in the sixth. In the third and sixth, Marshall held Charlotte scoreless until committing a two-out error.
Dundon finished the game 2-for-3 with an RBI. The sophomore added a one-out double in the ninth to his RBI single in the second.
Freshman Brandyn Sittinger threw 2.0 hitless innings in the fourth and fifth. Ryan Hopkins allowed three runs – none earned – on two hits in his 1.2 innings of relief.
Charlotte starter Brock Hudgens (1-0) lasted 5.0 innings and took the winning decision. Hudgens struck out five, walked two, and gave up five hits.
Reliever Jordan Hudson, who was brought into the game with two on and two out in the ninth, claimed his first save of the season.
49ers Justin Roland (2-for-5) and Justin Seager (2-for-2) finished the game with two hits. Seager also scored twice and drove in a run in the third.
Marshall will travel to Spartanburg, S.C. next weekend for games against USC Upstate and Wofford.