Marshall Dominates Doubleheader For Third Series Victory
Pitching, then offense, leads Herd to victory
BOONE, N.C.—The Marshall Thundering Herd baseball team left Appalachian State with another series victory after winning a low scoring defensive battle, followed by a high-scoring blowout Sunday to cap off its three-game series at Smith Stadium.
The Herd pulled out its first victory of the day 4-2 behind a strong showing from starting pitcher Will Ray. The second game was much less contested, as Marshall blew out the Mountaineers, 14-5. The victories put Marshall at 6-3 on the season, while Appalachian State fell to 4-6.
Shane Hanon led the way in game one with a run and two hits in the low-scoring affair that saw both teams combine for just 13 hits. The second game was the polar opposite as the Herd racked up 17 hits behind strong showings from Dakota Robbins, Reynaldo Pastrana, and Geordon Blanton. Robbins had four runs, three hits, and three RBIs. Pastrana had three hits, three RBIs, and a run. Blanton had four hits, three RBIs and a run.
Gordon Cardenas (3-0) picked up another win in relief for the Herd. Cardenas pitched two innings, allowing one hit and one run (earned), while striking out and walking a batter each. Ray, who got the start in game one, held the Mountaineers scoreless for six innings. In game two Brad O’Connor (1-2) earned his first win of the season, pitching 5 2/3 innings allowing eight hits and three runs (two earned), while walking just one batter against eight strikeouts.
For Appalachian State, relief pitcher Reed Howell picked up the loss to move to 0-2 on the season in game one. Howell pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing one hit and three runs (two earned) while walking two batters and striking out two. In game two, Bobby Hampton earned the loss, pitching 2/3 of an inning and allowing two hits, four runs (four earned) and walking one batter with no strikeouts.
After Marshall took the lead in the first inning on an RBI double from Tucker Linder that scored Robbins from second, both teams went scorelss until the bottom of the sixth inning when Appalachian State tied the game 1-1.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Mountaineers were able to take a one-run lead to put the Herd in a do-or-die situation heading into the final inning. The Herd chose do, scoring three runs in the ninth inning with RBIs from Pastrana, Robbins, and Erik Rodriguez.
In game two, the Herd jumped out to another early lead in the bottom of the first when Shane Hanon hit an RBI single to score Robbins from second. Marshall expanded its lead by another run in the third when the same duo struck again for the Herd. Hanon grounded out, but scored Robbins from third base for the 2-0 lead.
Appalachian State struck back in the bottom of the third to tie the game 2-2.
The fifth inning was a big one for Marshall as the team scored seven runs to blow the game wide open. Robbins, Pastrana, Blanton, Rodriguez, and Cameron Collett all earned RBIs as the Herd totaled seven hits and five runs to take a 9-2 lead. The Herd added one run in the sixth and eighth inning, and three in the seventh inning as the Mountaineers were never able to pull within eight runs for the rest of the game.
The Herd finished game one with four runs on four hits and an error. Appalachian State had two runs on nine hits and two errors. In game two Marshall totaled 14 runs on 17 hits with four errors. The Mountaineers had five runs on 12 hits and four errors.
Marshall will be back in action on Tuesday with another doubleheader against Western Carolina (1-10) in Cullowhee, N.C. Game one will start at 12 p.m. with game two starting shortly after game one's conclusion.