April 13, 2014
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SAN ANTONIO, Texas-- Marshall baseball turned in an 11-hit winning performance Sunday against UTSA, defeating the Roadrunners 5-2.
The victory puts Coach Jeff Waggoner as the second-winningest coach in Marshall history at 171 wins.
Marshall attacked first, scoring its first run in the top of the third. Redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) reached base and took second on a UTSA error.
Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) connected on a ball to left field to score Fajardo and give the Herd the early advantage.
Marshall added to its lead in the fifth, capitalizing on two UTSA errors. Fajardo singled and scored again, this time on a Roadrunners’ misplay on a ball hit by Herd shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami).
The next batter, Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.), scored Leon all the way from first on a fielder’s choice and the second UTSA error.
The Herd added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh to increase its lead. Fajardo singled in catcher John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) in the sixth and designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) knocked a ball to left to score Dundon in the seventh.
The Roadrunners plated one in the third off a throwing error and one in the eighth after a home run from third baseman RJ Perucki.
Fajardo, Vogelbach, and sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) all turned in 2-for-4 performances.
"It was a good team win, and I just try to do anything I can to help us win," Fajardo said. "We have to keep it rolling into the week."
Redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami) got the starting nod, used to the job after having started nine Sunday contests as a freshman in 2012. The righty tossed three innings and picked up a strikeout while allowing four hits.
"It felt right at home like I never missed a beat,” Elder said of his start. “I just want to keep helping the team win anyway possible, because at this point wins are what matters.”
Reliever Clint Wilson (Cedar Park, Texas) picked up his second win of the year after 2.1 innings of work, scattering two hits and fanning two.
Redshirt senior Ryan Hopkins (Sardinia, Ohio) grabbed his second save of the season. The righty needs just one more to enter the all-time saves list.
Marshall returns to action Tuesday when the Herd travels to Akron for a 3 p.m. contest. The Herd faced the Zips earlier in the season, picking up a 5-2 victory.