Herd Continues Home Winning Streak|
April 18, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W. Va.— A five run second inning highlighted Marshall baseball’s 7-2 victory and fourth straight win as the Herd defeated West Virginia Tech Friday afternoon.
The Herd improves 17-20 as WV Tech falls to 14-22.
Junior first baseman TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) went 3-4 with a homerun and four RBI, junior outfielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) had a 2-4 day with a run and RBI, and junior catcher John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) also went 2-4 with a double.
The Herd took the early lead in the first inning, when junior second baseman Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) singled to third base and then scored off a single to left from Diffenderfer.
Sophomore third baseman Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) started off the second inning with a single to center field and a stolen base. Bossi plated the Herd’s second run on a RBI single from Escobedo, who moved to third on back-to-back bunt singles from freshmen Brenden Wells (Beloit, Ohio) and Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.)
With bases loaded, junior shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) connected on a ball down third base to score both Escobedo and Wells.
Diffenderfer again came up clutch, knocking a ball to left field to score both Bird and Leon and give the Herd a 6-0 lead.
WV Tech scored its two runs in a three hit third inning to cut the Herd lead.
Sophomore Chase Boster (Stafford, Va.) picked up his second win of the season, going five innings with three strikeouts, no walks, and two runs on five hits.
Sophomore reliever Sam Hunter (Ashland, Ky.) tossed two scoreless innings, striking out five (four looking) of the six batters he faced.
Redshirt sophomore Lance Elder (Miami) relieved Hunter, following in the same pattern and fanning two of the four he faced in an inning’s worth of work.
Marshall will conclude the series Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Field.