April 16, 2017
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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Marshall baseball homered three times and Jacob Niggemeyer pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Thundering Herd to a 7-0 win over Florida Atlantic on Sunday at the FAU Baseball Stadium.
Niggemeyer tossed a career-high nine innings and held Florida Atlantic to a tied season-low four hits. The Columbus, Ohio native had one strikeout and one walk. The junior handed FAU its first shutout loss at home since Rice on May 8, 2015. It was the Owls’ first shutout loss since UAB on May 23, 2015 at the C-USA Tournament.
Niggemeyer became the first Herd pitcher to record a nine inning complete game shutout since Grant Harper at Bowling Green on April 25, 2004. He tossed the first complete game for the Herd this season, and first since Chase Boster against Old Dominion on May 19, 2016.
The Herd improves to 18-17 (7-8 Conference USA), while the Owls fall to 24-10-1 (11-4 C-USA). Florida Atlantic’s starting pitcher Jake Miednik (4-3) earned the loss by allowing three runs in six innings.
Marshall struck in the top of the first inning. Will Ray led off the frame with a single to right field. Ray later moved over to second after Sam Finfer was walked on four pitches. The Herd pulled off the perfect double steal as Ray and Finfer reached third and second base safely, respectively. Shane Hanon drove in the pair with a two RBI single to center field.
The Thundering Herd began to show off its power in the top of the third. Finfer hit a towering solo home run to right field with two outs. The homer cleared the FAU bullpen behind the right field fence.
The offenses went quiet for both sides from the fourth through the seventh inning. Niggemeyer held Florida Atlantic to one hit through the four innings. The Herd was also held to one hit.
Marshall’s bats woke up in the eighth by scoring four runs with two outs. Finfer led off the inning with a single to left field. After a fly out and a strikeout, Reynaldo Pastrana singled to right field to advance Finfer to third. Andrew Zban cleared the bases with a three-run home run to right field. Billy Sager followed with a solo home run to right field, sealing the seven-run win for the Herd.
Marshall had six players combine for nine hits. Finfer was 2-for-4 with one RBI and three runs scored, while Hanon was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Sager finished by going 2-for-2 with a RBI and a run scored. Zban led the Herd with three RBIs.
The Herd welcomes in-state rival West Virginia to Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Marshall returns to action the following night by traveling to Prasco Park in Mason, Ohio to face off with Ohio at 6 p.m.