April 19, 2014
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HUNTINGTON, W. Va.-- Marshall baseball completed the sweep and remains unbeaten at the Kennedy Center as the Herd defeated WVU Tech 6-2 Saturday.
The Herd is now on a five-game winning streak after scoring in the first, fourth, and sixth innings.
Sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) went 2-3 with a run and freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) went 2-4 with a run.
"It's great to be on a winning streak," Bossi said of the win. "It gives our guys the expectation of winning every time we come to the ballpark and I'm excited to carry this win streak into the big week we have ahead of us."
Marshall broke out the bats early after lead-off batter Bird singled and shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) followed suit.
Bird put the Herd on the board after a bases-loaded walk was issued to designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.).
Tech responded in the top of the second with three straight singles off Herd starter Alex Thackston (Proctorville, Ohio) to even the score.
The game remained at a stalemate until the bottom of the fourth, when the Herd plated two runs off of two hits and a Tech error.
Tech rallied back yet again, coming within one as Tech scored off a hit and error off Thackston.
The Herd added insurance in the bottom of the sixth, when junior Eric Escobedo
(Troup, Ga.) led off the inning with a single through the left side, took two bases on a single from freshman Brenden Wells
(Beloit, Ohio), and scored on a sacrifice fly from Leon.
Wells then scored off a single from junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.), and Dundon scored himself after a TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) in the gap single through left field. The at-bat was the only official at bat for Diffenderfer as he was walked and hit twice.
Thackston worked five innings, fanning seven and allowing no walks.
The Herd will travel to Morgantown, W. Va. Wednesday to face in-state rival West Virginia in the first of a two-game series.