Herd Wins Seventh Road Game On Three-Run Homer
Marshall overpowers WCU with 12 runs and 20 hits
CULLOWHEE, N.C.--The Thundering Herd baseball team finished its slate of road games with a 12-8 victory against Western Carolina University Tuesday in a hard fought game by both teams in Hennon Stadium.
What was supposed to be the Herd's second doubleheader in a week turned into a one-game affiar after lingering rain forced the second game to be cancelled.
The win improved Marshall's record to 7-3, while Western Carolina fell to 1-11 on the season. This ends a long stretch of road games in North Carolina for the Herd as the team will play its first home game of the season on Friday.
Marshall right fielder Shane Hanon led the team with four hits on the day, while also batting in a run and reaching home once. Designated Hitter Will Ray had a team-high five RBIs to go along with three hits and two runs. Left fielder Tucker Linder led the team with three walks, while also scoring three runs and two RBIs with two hits.
WCU's center fielder Matthew Koehler led the way for the Catamounts. Koehler hit two home runs, which led to a team-high four RBIs. Third baseman Justice Bigbie led the team with three hits, while also batting in two runs and walking once.
Herd reliever Christian Simon earned the first win of his collegiate career. Simon pitched 1 1/3 innings allowing just one hit, one run (earned), and struck out one batter with no walks. Western Carolina's Caleb Bishop picked up the loss. Bishop pitched 2/3 innings giving up five hits, five runs (five earned), while walking and striking out one batter each.
Western Carolina jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first off the bat of Koehler on a two-run homer.
Marshall took the lead in the third inning with RBIs from Ray and shortstop Geordon Blanton to make the game 3-2.
Koehler struck again in the bottom of the third for WCU with another two-run homer to take the 4-3 lead.
The fourth inning proved a big one for the Herd. Catcher Reynaldo Pastrana hit a two-RBI double for another lead change. Linder added two more RBIs on a double to right field. Ray drove in the inning's final run to give the Herd an 8-4 lead. Marshall totaled five hits and five runs in the fourth inning.
Western Carolina chipped away at the lead over the course of the fourth, fifth, and six innings scoring a run in each to make the score 8-7.
Ray put the nail in the proverbial coffin in the top of the eighth with a three-run bomb over the wall in right field to put the Herd up 11-7.
Each team added a run in the ninth inning, and the Herd walked away with its seventh road victory of the season 12-8.
Marshall finished with 12 runs off of 20 hits with one error. WCU scored eight runs on 15 hits with no errors.
The Herd will play its home opener on Friday against Niagara University at 3 p.m.
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