Herd Seals Series With 7-3 Win Over FAU
Marshall takes its second consecutive conference series Saturday
April 5, 2014
BECKLEY, W.Va.— Midway through the 7th inning of Marshall’s game Saturday with FAU, the Herd's bats came to life.
Marshall scored two runs at the bottom of that inning to tie the game, and added five the following inning to secure the 7-3 win and snatch its second consecutive conference series.
Marshall tied the game in the 7th on a two RBI double to left center from redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami). The left fielder went 2-4 with three RBI and a run on the day.
Sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) started the explosion with a single through the left side, stole second, and then took third on a single from Herd catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.). Both scored on Fajardo’s double, his second in as many games.
In the 8th, second baseman Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) led off the inning with a single and stolen base. First baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) added another Herd runner after he was walked, and both scored on a single to left from Bossi, who advanced to third on FAU errors. He scored after another FAU mishap allowed Reed to board and take second.
With a heavy Herd advantage, Fajardo stepped into the box and ripped a ball to deep center. Reed scored, and Fajardo took all three bases and home on another FAU miscue.
“It feels good to come through like this,” Bossi said of his performance and the team’s triumph. “I’ve had a slow start, but its good to get the ball rolling and build my confidence like this.”
“We have half the season left, and with the way our team battles with adversity, it’s going to be a great year for the Herd.”
Florida Atlantic attacked in the 3rd inning, plating two runs on a double and two singles and taking the early 2-0 lead. The Owls added another run in the 9th for the final FAU run of the night.
Bossi went 3-4 with two runs and an RBI and Reed went 2-4 with two runs.
The Herd improved to 11-17, and 7-6 in C-USA and will return to the diamond Sunday at noon to go for its second consecutive league sweep.