Herd Loses to Eastern Kentucky, 10-3|
March 27, 2012
RICHMOND, Ky. -- The Thundering Herd baseball team surrendered 10 runs on 15 hits - nine of which went for extra bases - and fell to Eastern Kentucky 10-3 Tuesday at Turkey Hughes Field.
EKU hit a double in all but one inning and scored in all but two innings of the ballgame to defeat Marshall and improve to 9-15 this season. With the loss, the Herd (10-14, 1-2 C-USA) matched its longest losing-streak of the season at three games.
Marshall had its chances early on in Tuesday's game. After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Herd responded with a pair of runs in the top of the third to level the game at 2-2.
The Colonels answered with a run in the bottom half only to be matched once again in the Herd fourth. The green and white worked the bases loaded with nobody out in the third and fourth frames but came away with only two runs to show for it. In fact, the Herd bats went 1-for-5 with the bases loaded.
Nathan Gomez's infield single in the third gave him one of three hits and two RBIs for the day. The first baseman went 3-for-5 with two infield hits.
With the game tied 3-3 entering the bottom of the fourth, EKU plated three in the fourth, one in the fifth, and one in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Red-shirt freshman Kolin Stanley (0-2) gave up the two runs in the fourth and took the loss.
The EKU offense peppered the Marshall pitching staff with 15 hits, nine of which went to the alleys, down the lines, or off the wall for doubles. Shortstop Richie Rodriguez (2-for-5) had two of the doubles and was one of four Colonels with a multi-hit day. Austin Grisham (3-for-5), Bryan Soloman (3-for-5), and Alex Hughes (3-for-4) all had three-hit days.
Isaac Ballou finished the game 2-for-5 with a couple of singles.
Alfredo Brito's single up the middle in the eighth extended his hitting streak to 12 games but proved to be Marshall's last gasp against EKU as the Colonels closed out the game by retiring the next nine hitters.
Marshall will begin a three-week-long homestand when it welcomes Liberty to Epling Stadium in Beckley, W.Va. on Friday.