Marshall Loses Series to No. 30 FIU|
March 23, 2014
MIAMI—In temperatures in the high 80s, Marshall baseball closed out its inaugural series with its first nationally ranked opponent of 2014 in No. 30 FIU Sunday afternoon.
The Herd was swept, falling in all three games to the new Conference USA member after taking an 11-1 loss in seven innings Sunday.
Starting pitcher Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) suffered the loss, allowing three runs in the 1st inning, one in the 2nd, and another three in the 4th.
Reliever Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) entered in the 5th, and gave up a first pitch two run homer to FIU pinch-hitter Brian Portelli. Hopkins allowed a total of four runs in the inning to give the Panthers an 11-0 lead.
The Herd saw an opportunity in the 5th, when right fielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) singled to center and took second on an attempted pick off throwing error. Shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) walked to put two on, and left fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami) singled to left to load the bases with one out. All three wound up stranded to end the inning and leave the Herd with a zero on the board.
Sophomore designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) continued his hot bat, going 2-3 in the contest. Escobedo knocked in his second double of the series, also going 2-3 and scoring the lone Marshall run in the 7th on an RBI single from freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.), who went 2-4 in the game.
The Herd returns to action Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio to face off against Ohio State, the alma mater of current MU pitching coach Josh Newman.