Coastal Carolina Edges out Marshall 2-1|
March 2, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—In the second game of the day, Marshall baseball faced off against tournament host Coastal Carolina (4-6) in a contest under the lights. The Herd fell to 3-7 after the 2-1 loss.
Herd starter Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) delivered his best performance of the season, tying his career high with six strikeouts. The junior threw 6.2 innings, allowing four hits and three walks.
Herd defense proved to be the downfall in the game, with the Herd committing five errors through the first four innings.
The first run of the game was plated by Coastal’s Zach Remillard after a walk and error sent him home.
Marshall tied the game in the 3rd, when sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) cracked the Herd’s first hit up the middle. A sacrifice bunt from left fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami) moved Bossi to second, and then a fielder’s choice hit by Sergio Leon (Miami) allowed Bossi to even the score.
The Chanticleers responded in the bottom of the inning, when two errors allowed another run to cross the plate and give Coastal a 2-1 lead.
The Herd saw another opportunity in the 7th, when catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.) hit a single, right fielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) boarded on an error, and Bossi was walked to load the bases for Marshall.
Back-to-back strikeouts ended the inning as the Herd left three stranded. The Chanticleers went on to win the game 2-1.
Reed went 2-3 in the matchup.
Marshall returns to TicketReturn.com Field at Pelicans Ballpark Sunday for a 10 a.m. game against Rhode Island. Both teams are looking for their first win of the weekend.