March 15, 2013
Box Score Game One (PDF) | Box Score Game Two (PDF)
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Marshall's baseball team saw its four-game winning streak snapped Friday at Linda K. Epling Stadium when Central Michigan completed a doubleheader sweep of the Thundering Herd with scores of 7-3 and 9-7.
The Herd (7-9) lost for the first time in nearly two weeks while CMU improved to 8-9, winning for the fifth time in its last six games.
Marshall held early leads in each contest but could not overcome the hot hitting of the Chippewas.
In game one, freshman Chase Boster gave up a solo home run in the top of the third, but Marshall responded with a pair of runs in the bottom half to take the lead.
Two innings later, Central Michigan was back on top courtesy of a two-run homer by left fielder Neal Jacobs. Marshall gave up two more runs in the sixth and eighth before scratching a run back in the bottom half of the eighth. Gray Stafford's leadoff triple in that inning, which preceded an RBI-groundout by Eric Escobedo, made it 7-3, but Marshall would get no closer.
Boster (1-2) took the loss, allowing four (earned) runs on four hits and two walks in 5.0 innings. Boster doubled his single-game strikeout high, fanning six Central Michigan hitters.
CMU starting pitcher Jordan Foley (4-0) was the winning pitcher and kept his perfect win-loss record intact. The right-hander struck out eight over 6.0 innings.
Nathan Gomez recorded three hits in the loss, going 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.
In game two, Marshall punched a run across in the bottom of the first as Isaac Ballou led off with a single, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch, then scored on a passed ball.
CMU took control of the lead in the top of the third on a two-out double by designated hitter Zack Fields, but Marshall responded in the bottom as Isaac Ballou again singled, stole second, went to third on an Andrew Dundon single, then scored on Gomez's sacrifice fly. Stafford and Brito's at-bats each plated runs to help the Herd go ahead 4-2 in the inning.
Fields provided CMU with another RBI hit in the fifth inning which erased the Marshall lead, and a second homer from Neal Jacobs, a three-run shot to right, put the Chippewas back into the lead for good.
The Herd battled and got two runs back in the seventh, then brought the winning run to the plate in the ninth, but could get no closer.
Brandyn Sittinger (0-1) suffered the loss, giving up five runs, only one of which was earned, in a relief appearance across the third, fourth, and fifth innings. Sittinger struck out two and walked one in his longest outing of the season.
Ballou finished the game 2-for-3 with two walks and four runs.
Marshall and Central Michigan will continue the series Saturday with a 12 p.m. first pitch set for Epling Stadium.