Herd Comes Up Short in Game One
Marshall loses 5-2 Saturday
March 1, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.— The Marshall baseball team played its first of two games Saturday. The Herd fell to Duke 5-2 and now has a 3-6 record on the season.
Marshall fell behind first, when starter Michael Taylor gave up four hits in the 3rd inning. The fourth sent Duke’s Grant McCabe home, giving the Blue Devils a 1-0 lead.
Marshall was held hitless until the 4th inning, when leadoff hitter Sergio Leon (Miami) ripped a double down right field. The next batter, designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.), hit a ball to the shortstop.
Leon ran, despite not having to, and ended up beating the tag at first as Vogelbach beat the throw to first. With excitement building, a strikeout and double play ended the inning.
Marshall earned its second hit of the game when redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) earned an infield single in the 6th. The Herd failed to capitalize on Fajardo’s at-bat, and headed into the 7th trailing by one.
Sophomore Brandyn Sittinger (LaGrange, Ohio) gave up a leadoff walk and then beaned the second batter to put two on with no outs. On the next pitch, Duke’s Chris Marconcini smacked a ball to deep center. It hit off the batter's eye, and was ruled a home run to increase the Blue Devils’ lead to 4-0.
Redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami) was then called upon to pitch. Elder walked his first batter, gave up a single to the second, and then fanned his third. With one out, a ball hit to first forced the Herd to make the guaranteed out, allowing another run to cross for Duke.
The Herd headed to the bottom of the 7th, down 5-0.
Junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) took three balls and a strike before smacking a ball over the left field wall for his (and the Herd’s) first home run of the season.
The offense showed another spark again in the 8th.
Fajardo and Leon boarded on singles, and a walk to Vogelbach loaded the bases for Dundon. Dundon flew out to right, and Fajardo tagged up in hopes to push another run across for the Herd.
He was instead thrown out at home, and a groundout followed that to end the Herd’s threat of the inning and game.
Junior John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) has reached base in every plate appearance this season, after two walks and two hit-by-pitches today.
Marshall returns to action tonight to face Coastal Carolina. First pitch is schedule for approximately 8:30 p.m.