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Baseball Loses to Memphis 11-2, Gets Swept in C-USA Home Opener

Freshman Lance Elder earned his first career weekend start on Sunday

April 8, 2012

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall baseball team owned the early lead but succumbed to an 11-2 defeat at the paws of the Memphis Tigers Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. 

Memphis improved to 15-17 overall and a fourth-best conference record of 5-4.  Marshall lost its fifth straight league matchup and dropped to 11-19 overall, 1-5 in Conference USA.

In the bottom of the second, Andrew Dundon singled, Gray Stafford doubled, and Thor Meeks launched an RBI sacrifice fly to center field to take the lead before the door was opened for Memphis to score runs in each of its next five frames.  The Tigers scored once in the third and fourth, four times in the fifth, once in the sixth, and twice in the seventh while holding Marshall to just one further run – in the fourth – over the remainder of the game. 

Only six of the Tiger runs were earned as five different members of the Thundering Herd defense committed an error. 

Back-to-back singles aided by a balk from Memphis starting pitcher Chase Joiner (2-3) to start the fifth set up an RBI groundout from Sergio Leon for Marshall’s second run. 

Joiner went seven full innings and allowed only the two earned runs on seven hits.  He also walked one and struck out three.

Lance Elder (1-2) pitched 4.1 innings in his first career weekend start, but the Tigers dealt him the loss when the freshman’s one-out walk came around to score in the fourth.  Elder allowed five runs – four of which were earned – in all and struck out one while walking two. 

Jesse Fernandez struck out three in his two innings of relief. 

Nathan Gomez led the Herd offense with two hits in his four at-bats.  Leon was 1-for-4 and was one of five Herd players with a hit in the loss.