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Herd Takes Kennedy Center Opener Over Akron

Junior TJ Diffenderfer had a run and a hit

April 1, 2014

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HUNTINGTON, W.Va.--On a warm Tuesday afternoon, Marshall baseball hosted its first midweek home game of 2014 at the Kennedy Center Route 2 Field as the Herd took on Akron.

The Herd took the lead in the 2nd inning off of four hits and then added to its lead in the 3rd inning to seal its first midweek win of the year at 5-2 over the Zips.

The Herd improved to 9-16 on the season, while Akron fell to 12-12.

The Zips attacked first, scoring in the 1st inning after outfielder Josh Havrilak singled and stole two bases to put him on third. He then scored off a wild pitch.

Marshall evened the score in its first time at the plate, when freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) scored on a sacrifice fly from Herd RBI leader Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.).

The Herd took the lead the next inning, when catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.) led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice and single by left fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami). He then scored on a sacrifice bunt from Bird to give the Herd the 2-1 advantage.

Fajardo then scored off a single up the middle from Herd shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami), who scored himself on a RBI single from designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.).

With a 3-1 lead, Marshall plated its final run in the 4th, when first baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) scored on a single up the middle from Fajardo.



Akron added another run in the game in the 5th to make the final score 5-2.  

Sophomore Sam Hunter (Ashland, Ky.) picked up his second win in three games, and redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami) nabbed his first save of the year after a two-inning, three-strikeout performance. 

Leon went 3-4 with a run and RBI, while Fajardo went 2-3, also with a run and RBI. 

Marshall travels to Richmond, Ky. Wednesday to face Eastern Kentucky for its second game of the week.