April 4, 2014
BECKLEY, W. Va.—Marshall baseball grabbed its first shutout victory of the season, defeating FAU 5-0 Friday. The Herd improved to 10-17 on the season, and 6-6 in CUSA.
Junior first baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) ripped a double and triple with two runs and redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) went 2-2 with two runs to lead the Herd offense.
Junior Clint Wilson (Cedar Park, Texas) earned his first win of the season after tossing 2.1 innings, fanning three allowing just one hit and no walks.
The game was a stalemate through five and half, until Fajardo doubled to left center to start the inning. Fajardo came around to score on a RBI single from second baseman Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) to give the Herd its first run of the game.
Marshall added to its lead in the 7th, when Diffenderfer led off with a double to the wall and took third on a bobble from the left fielder. He plated the Herd’s second run on a sacrifice fly from catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.).
Third baseman Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) ripped a single to left field, and later scored after a single from Fajardo, who took second on a fielding error.
With a 3-0 lead, shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) sacrificed to center field to score Fajardo.
Marshall cushioned itself again in the 8th, after Diffenderfer again blasted the ball, this time to deep right for his (and the Herd’s) first triple of the season and scored after a Reed RBI single up the middle and give the Herd the 5-0 advantage.
Bossi also went 2-4 in the contest, and Reed posted two RBI on the day.
The Herd returns to Epling Stadium Saturday for the second of the three-game series, set for 7:00 p.m.