Marshall Rallies, Rallies Again, and Falls|
Feb. 28, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In the opening game of the Caravelle Resort Tournament, Marshall opposed James Madison, and rallied from behind twice only to fall to the Dukes in ten innings at 8-5.
Senior Josh King (Troup, Ga.) got the start, working 5.2 innings and allowing seven hits while fanning six.
JMU struck first, plating a run in the top of the 3rd off of two singles. The Dukes added to their lead in the 5th when shortstop Kyle Weston scored on an RBI double.
In the 7th inning, Herd reliever Clint Wilson (Austin, Texas) put two JMU runners on after a lead-off double and a walk. The next batter ripped a two RBI single, intensifying the Dukes’ lead.
Third baseman John Beary (Apopka, Fla.), making his 2014 debut, cranked out a single down right field but took second base on a fielding error. Escobedo and Reed scored on the hit, bringing the Herd within two.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) entered the game to pinch hit, and was walked. With two on and one out, shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) belted a two RBI double to left field, and took an extra base off another JMU fielding error.
With the Herd rally tying up the game, Marshall brought in set-up man Kolin Stanley (Beloit, Ohio) to pitch the 8th. The right hander gave up a single and walk, and was then replaced by southpaw Caleb Ross (Barboursville, W.Va.).
Ross faced one batter, putting another JMU runner on base to load them up. Sophomore Chase Boster (Stafford, Va.) then came on to relieve Ross and gave up a sacrifice fly to the Dukes’ Conner Brown to give them the advantage once again at 5-4.
The Herd used a total of five pitchers to get out of the 8th.
Failing to retaliate in the 8th inning, the Herd started the 9th with Beary getting on board once more, this time by error. The junior reached base in all four of his appearances in his opening game.
Fajardo then smacked a ball down third in what seemed to be a double play ball. Rather, pinch runner Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) beat the throw to second, and Fajardo beat the throw at first.
With two on and no one out, Leon sacrifice bunted to advance the runners, and then a sacrifice fly by designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) allowed Bossi to score and tie the game once more.
Marshall entered the 10th inning with closer Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) coming to the mound. The first batter he faced boarded by an error at second, and then a homerun by the Dukes’ Ty McFarland put a 7-5 lead on the Herd.
Hopkins then gave up a double to Brown, who took third on a passed ball. He would score off a JMU single, to finalize the day’s score at 8-5.
Beary began his season going 2-3 with two RBI and a run.
Marshall returns to the field for a two games Saturday- a 10 a.m. faceoff with Duke and an 8:30 p.m. matchup with tournament host Coastal Carolina.