Herd Baseball Splits Day with Southern Miss
Marshall splits doubleheader with Southern Miss; improves to 3-3 in C-USA
March 15, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- Marshall baseball concluded its series with Southern Miss Saturday, splitting the day with a 9-5 loss in game one but taking game two 5-3, which improved its record to 3-3 in conference play.
Marshall reliever Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) nabbed his first save of the season in game two, entering in the 7th inning allowing one hit while picking up three punch-outs in 2.2 innings of work.
Junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) led the Herd, going 5-9 with four runs and two RBI on the day.
Herd starter Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) started the game with two strikeouts, and then allowed five Southern Miss runs to cross the plate after a homer, bases loaded walk, and double.
Marshall ended the blank in the 4th when Dundon reached base on a fielder's choice and came around to score on a single to left field from Herd first baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.).
Southern Miss replied with homers in the 5th and 8th innings to pad its lead. Marshall rallied in the bottom of the 8th, scoring four runs on four hits. Sergio Leon (Miami) was walked to lead things off and crossed the plate courtesy of a left field single from Herd catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.).
Marshall add two more runs on a Diffenderfer double to right center, and then plated another when Reed crossed on a sacrifice fly from Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.).
Southern Miss added two runs in the 9th to take the game with a 9-5 victory. Dundon went 2-5 with two runs, Reed went 2-4 with a run and a RBI and Diffenderfer went 2-3 with three RBI.
Marshall started the twinbill with C-USA pitcher of the week Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) on the mound.
Southern Miss took an early lead after a double and home run in the first two innings.
The Herd took the lead in the 3rd inning. Leon led off with a single and advanced on a bunt single from center fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami). With two on and no outs, Dundon ripped a double to left field, scoring both Leon and Fajardo to even the game. Marshall gained the advantage after Dundon scored when Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) reached base on an error.
Marshall padded its lead in the 5th when Dundon again crossed the plate, this time thanks to an RBI single by Reed.
Southern Miss plated a run in the 7th off of two singles to keep things interesting, but the Herd replied in the 8th when Escobedo, on third base after a hit-by-pitch, walk, and single, scored after a Southern Miss balk by pitcher Jay Myrick allowed the Herd's Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) to take second base.
Margaritonda tossed 6.1 innings, recording six strikeouts and allowing five walks. Marshall returns to Power Park to face in-state rival West Virginia Tuesday, March 18. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.