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Marshall Baseball Rallies but Falls to MSU 11-8

Joe Church pitches an inning of relief on Tuesday

March 13, 2012

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MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Thundering Herd baseball team rallied back from an eight-run deficit but ultimately fell to Morehead State 11-8 Tuesday at John Allen Field.

The Eagles built a 9-1 lead off of Herd starter Brett Mays and reliever Ryan Hopkins who shared the first three innings.  During that time, the Eagles hit two of their three home runs, including a three-run shot from slugger Kane Sweeney.  After Marshall took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Morehead State plated six runs in the first, one in the second, and two more in the third.

Herd freshman Andrew Dundon fueled the start of the Herd’s comeback which began in the top of the fourth.  With the bases loaded, the shortstop lined a base-clearing double down the right field line to cut the lead to 9-4 and give life back to the Herd lineup.  Louie Helmburg added another run for Marshall in that inning with a sacrifice bunt which scored Dundon from third. 

After another Sweeney home run in the fourth, Marshall returned to work rallying back in the fifth.  Helmburg and Gray Stafford had RBIs in the inning to cut the lead to 10-8, the closest Marshall was to a lead since it had the lead in the first. 

Morehead State scored one last time in the bottom of the seventh to end the scoring for both teams.  The Herd put runners on base in each of the final two innings but could not come up with an RBI hit.

Dundon finished the game 1-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.  Mikey Jiminez went 2-for-5 with a run.  Helmburg went 0-for-3 but drove in a pair of runs. 

Mays took the loss after allowing five earned runs in one third of an inning pitched.  Hopkins and Lance Elder each struck out three during their time on the mound.