Finfer, Pastrana, Ratliff Power @HerdBaseball Past Western Carolina, 10-6
Marshall had nine home runs over the three-game series
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CULLOWHEE, N.C. – The Marshall baseball team (2-5) homered five times on Sunday in its 10-6 victory over the Western Carolina Catamounts (4-3) at Hennon Stadium.
Marshall was powered by Sam Finfer, Reynaldo Pastrana and Tyler Ratliff at the plate. Finfer had his second multi-home run game in as many days. He had four home runs and nine RBIs against the Catamounts. Pastrana had his first multi-home run game of his career with two. Ratliff had a solo homer.
The Thundering Herd got on the board in the top of the first inning with a Finfer solo home run to center field.
The lead didn’t last long for the Herd. Western Carolina got a run back in the bottom half of the inning. The Catamounts had a two-out double on a high-bouncing ball down the first base line that just cleared a jumping Tommy Lane. WCU took a 2-1 lead in the second inning on a double play groundout that scored a runner from third.
Marshall tied the game at two in the third. With runners on first and second, Marshall received help from a WCU shortstop throwing error that allowed Will Ray to score.
The Catamounts retook the lead in the fourth off a two-run homer to left center field. After four innings, Western Carolina led 4-2.
Marshall cut into the Western Carolina’s lead in the fifth inning. Finfer hit his second solo home run of the game.
The Thundering Herd took control of the game in the seventh inning with five runs on five hits. Leo Valenti led off the inning with bunt single down the third base line. Ray moved Valenti over with a sacrifice bunt. The red-hot Finfer picked up his third hit of the game with a single to right field. Ratliff brought in the first run of the inning with a single to right field that scored Valenti. Lane followed with a double off the center field wall that scored Ratliff and Finfer. Pastrana cleared the bases with a two-run homer to left field.
Marshall put the game out of reach in the ninth inning with two solo home runs by Ratliff and Pastrana. WCU was able to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth off two hits to make the final score, 10-6.
Marshall starting pitcher Patrick Murphy picked up his first win of the season. The Massillon, Ohio, native went six innings with three strikeouts. The sophomore allowed four earned runs on six hits.
Brandon Romero was set to make an appearance in the seventh inning, but suffered an injury while warming up on the mound. Brad O’Connor replaced Romero and gave the Herd three strong innings. O’Connor earned his first save as a member of the Thundering Herd. He had one strikeout.
Up next, Marshall welcomes the Lehigh Mountain Hawks to Huntington for a three-game series beginning on Saturday, March 4, at the Kennedy Center Field on Route 2.