Marshall Grabs Victory Over Green Wave; Takes Series
The Herd defeated Tulane 2-1 Saturday
March 30, 2014
CHARLESTON, W. Va.—Marshall baseball took the series against Conference USA foe Tulane after a 2-1 victory Saturday in seven innings.
The game was halted due to rain just as the 8th inning was to begin, but became official after the cancellation of the third game Sunday.
The Herd took the lead in the bottom of the 7th, when third baseman Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) hit a two-out double down the left field line. Left fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami) swung at the first pitch, and sent the ball to left field, dropping in for an RBI single as Bossi came around to score what would be the game winning run.
Marshall got on the board first three innings into the game, when freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.), on base by a fielder’s choice, took second on a wild pitch. He then scored off a two-out single from junior Sergio Leon (Miami).
Tulane tied the game in the 5th when outfielder Richard Carthon singled up the middle. Carthon scored after shortstop Stephan Alemais tripled.
Herd starter Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) tossed six and two thirds innings, grabbing eight strikeouts and allowing just three hits.
Lefty Caleb Ross (Barboursville, W.Va.) entered as relief in the 7th, and got Carthon to pop up to short to end the inning and give Ross his first win of 2014. The redshirt sophomore boasts a 0.00 ERA in 15 appearances.
Bird went 2-4 Saturday and now boasts an average of .266.
The Herd is now 5-6 in CUSA and has won its second conference series of four so far this season. Marshall will next face Florida Atlantic in CUSA play in Beckley, W.Va. for a three game series beginning Friday, April 4.
Marshall host Akron in a mid-day matchup at the Kennedy Center Field Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.