Marshall Falls to No. 23 Wildcats 7-3|
March 7, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The Marshall baseball team held an early lead but ultimately fell to No. 23 Kentucky by a score of 7-3 Wednesday evening here at Cliff Hagan Stadium.
The Thundering Herd moved to 4-8 with the loss, while the Wildcats improved to an NCAA-best 13-0.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the first inning, Marshall put two runs on the board in the top of the second to take an early 2-1 lead. With two away in the inning, Adrian Farris was hit and Tripp Faulk singled through the right side to put runners on first and second. Sergio Leon followed with an RBI single up the middle on an 0-2 pitch to tie the game, and two batters later, Isaac Ballou earned a bases-loaded walk to put the Herd up 2-1.
Kentucky waited until two were gone in its half of the third to respond. After earning base-runners by way of a hit batsman and a walk, Thomas McCarthy doubled off the top of the left field wall to score two and put the Wildcats into the lead for good.
Kolin Stanley, who threw 0.2 innings, gave up the double and was tagged with the loss as a result. Stanley (0-1) came into the game in the third to relieve Lance Elder, who had relieved starter Joe McGillicuddy. In all, the Herd used 10 arms, only four of which saw a full inning.
UK freshman A.J. Reed (2-0) notched his second win of the season after hurling 5.0 innings, allowing just two earned runs, and striking out seven.
Marshall added a run in the eighth when Gray Stafford scored on a UK wild pitch. Stafford reached on a walk that inning and moved to third on a Farris base hit to left field.
Marshall will get right back on the road Thursday for a three-game series against Gardner Webb in Boiling Spring, N.C. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.