March 2, 2013
Box Score (PDF) - Game One | Box Score (PDF) - Game Two
SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- In the second Saturday doubleheader of the season, Marshall's baseball team fell twice to the Wofford Terriers by scores of 6-0 and 9-8 at Russell C. King Field.
Marshall (3-6) fell for the fourth time in as many games while Wofford (6-5) snapped a run of three consecutive losses.
In game one, Marshall surrendered the lead early and fell victim to its second shutout of the season. Senior first baseman Nathan Gomez recorded MU's two lone hits in the loss while senior Wayland Moore (1-1) suffered his first loss of the season.
In the opening frame, Marshall conceded two runs before giving up a three-spot in the fourth en route to the 6-0 loss.
In game two, the Thundering Herd drew first blood as senior catcher Matt Kirkwood launched a 2-2 pitch over the wall in left for his first home run (a two-run shot) of the season. As would turn out to be the case more often than not, though, Wofford answered right back, tying the game in the bottom half on a sacrifice bunt and an RBI-double.
Wofford took over the lead in the third, stringing together back-to-back-to-back singles off Herd starter Alex Thackston.
Thackston lasted 4.0 innings with six hits, five runs, three ER, four walks, and one K, but the freshman did not factor into the decision.
Wofford went ahead by as many as three when an RBI-double by Josh Hyman and an RBI-single by Seth Neely put the Terriers up 5-2.
With its back to the wall, the Herd responded with a purpose, producing four runs in the top of the fifth to surge into the lead once again. Gray Stafford did the most damage with a single down the right field line with one out and the bases loaded to score two. The senior's base hit was one of five straight put together by Marshall in that inning.
Wofford stole the lead back in the bottom of the fifth, but Gomez brought the game back into a tie in the sixth with a sacrifice fly, scoring Isaac Ballou.
Marshall took the lead in the eighth when Eric Escobedo hit an RBI-single up the middle with two out. Andrew Dundon got that inning started for the Herd with two away, singling on a high chop to short. After Gomez battled back from an 0-2 count to draw his fifth walk of the season, Escobedo provided the single to break the deadlock.
The Terriers answered with a run in the eighth to set up their game-winning walkoff in the ninth.
Matt Margaritonda (0-1) took the loss in game two. Ryan Hopkins threw 3.1 innings of relief through the middle innings and struck out three while walking one.
Marshall will resume play on Sunday when it returns to USC Upstate for a 1 p.m. rematch of Friday's weekend opener. Aaron Blair will make the start for the Herd and will face fellow right-hander Ben Augenstein.