Vogelbach's Home Run Lifts Herd Past Bobcats|
April 24, 2013
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Freshman Chase Vogelbach broke a fourth-inning tie with his first career homer, and Marshall’s baseball team defeated regional rival Ohio 4-2 on a windy and rain-soaked Wednesday evening at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Vogelbach’s home run led off the bottom of the fourth in a 2-2 ballgame and came only minutes prior to a 30-minute rain delay that forced teams to clear the field.
Marshall improved to 15-24 (4-8 Conference USA) while Ohio fell to 10-29 (5-10 Mid-American Conference).
Vogelbach added a double to lead off the sixth and finished 2-for-4, one of four members of the Herd with multiple hits.
Marshall struck first in its opening frame as Eric Escobedo blooped a two-out double into center field that skipped under the glove of Ohio centerfielder Tyler Wells, allowing the Herd sophomore to score on the play.
In Ohio’s ensuing at-bat, Kyle Dean led off with a double to left-center, and Ben Otto followed with a homer to left-center which brought the game to a 2-2 tie.
Vogelbach broke that tie and gave Marshall the lead on a 3-1 pitch to lead off the bottom half.
Ballou was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI in the victory. The fifth-inning walk was the 119th of his career, one short of the Marshall record set by Josh Valle in 2010.
Marshall started freshman left-hander Alex Thackston on the bump but used eight arms in the contest. Relief pitcher Kolin Stanley struck out four hitters over two innings of work but did not receive a decision as freshman Chase Boster (2-4) was on record when Vogelbach gave the Herd the lead.
Josh King saved his fourth game of the season and seventh of his career.
Ohio reliever Nick Plys (0-3) suffered the loss.
Marshall added an insurance run in the sixth on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Alfredo Brito.
Otto and Ohio first baseman Jake Madsen each finished with two hits.
Marshall will begin a three-game C-USA series against Tulane at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday. Friday and Saturday game times are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Sunday’s finale will start at 10 a.m.