Marshall Takes 6-1 Victory in Game Two
The Herd returns for the third game of the series Friday
April 17, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.-- Marshall faced West Virginia Tech in the second game of four Thursday afternoon, defeating the Golden Bears 6-1.
"Every time we step on the field, it means business no matter who we play," Leon said of the victory. "Baseball is baseball and on any given day anybody can win. I'm just glad I was able to contribute to our win today."
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth, when the Herd broke the blank and plated two runs on two hits to take the 2-0 lead. Marshall plated two more runs in the seventh and two in the eighth to take the 6-1 victory and remain unbeaten at the Kennedy Center.
With one out in the fifth, freshman Brenden Wells (Beloit, Ohio) walked and stole second. Wells got Marshall on the board after freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) launched a double down the right field line.
Bird added insurance after Leon connected on a RBI single through the left side.
The seventh inning began just as the fifth did-Wells took a one-out walk. He advanced to second on a single up the middle by Leon, and took third on a single from Dundon.
With the bases loaded and two outs, junior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) ripped a ball up the middle, allowing both Wells and Leon to score and build the Herd's lead to 4-1.
Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) started off the eighth with a hit-by-pitch and advanced to third on a Tech error. An Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) single to right center scored Bossi, and junior John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) plated the Herd’s final run after Escobedo sacrificed himself, attempting to steal second and distracting the Golden Bears infield.
The Golden Bears scored its lone run on a balk by starting pitcher Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) in the sixth.
Taylor tossed six innings, fanning six and allowing three hits and one walk.
Marshall returns for the third game of the series Friday at 3 p.m.