March 14, 2014
Final Stats (PDF)
CHARLESTON, W.Va.--Marshall baseball began its series with Southern Miss Friday under clear skies and mid 60's temperatures. Marshall held the lead until the 9th, when a three run inning out of Southern Miss resulted in defeat.
The game progressed mostly as a pitcher's duel, with Herd starter Josh King throwing eight innings allowing four hits and earning seven strikeouts and Golden Eagles' Christian Talley lasting through five innings while giving up three hits and nabbing nine strikeouts.
Marshall broke the blank first, when freshman Cory Garrastazu (Miami) led things off with a single. He advanced on a walk from junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) and then scored on a Southern Miss fielding error.
The score remained at 1-0 until the top of the 9th, when King returned to the mound in hopes of earning a complete game.
After putting three runners on with no outs, King was replaced by redshirt senior Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) who faced one batter, getting an out and keeping the Herd'slead.
Southern Miss plated two runs on a pinch hit double from Breck Kline, and scored a third on a single from second baseman Nick Dawson.
Marshall led off the bottom of the 9th with pinch hitter John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) who reached on a walk. Unable to awake its bats, the Herd was retired and fell in the opening game 3-1.
The Herd will conclude the series Saturday with a doubleheader--the first game is set to begin at 1 p.m. and the second will start approximately 40 minutes after the conclusion of the first.