Herd Rallies But Falls in 3-2 Walk-Off
Marshall came from behind 2-0 to force extra innings Saturday
April 26, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Marshall baseball rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force extra innings in the second game of its series with UAB, but lost 3-2 on a walk-off single to left in the tenth inning. The Herd goes to 18-23 on the season and 8-11 in Conference USA action.
Starter Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) worked very efficiently, tossing his longest outing of the season with 7.2 innings, picking up six strikeouts and allowing just four hits and four walks a piece with two runs (one earned).
Sophomore Caleb Ross (Barboursville, W.Va.) enters the Marshall record books after making his 28th pitching appearance of the season, tying for fifth place on the Single Season Pitching Appearances record.
Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) turned in a 2-for-4 performance with a triple, run, and RBI. Bird collected his tenth stolen base of the season during the contest. The triple marks the center fielder’s second extra base hit in as many games.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) smacked a single through the left side in the tenth inning, extending his hitting and reached base streaks both to seven.
Marshall attacked in the sixth, after left fielder Robert Fajardo (Miami) was hit-by-pitch to begin the inning. The speedy redshirt sophomore then scored from first on Bird’s double. Bird tied the game after a single through the left side from shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami).
UAB attacked early, scoring a run in the bottom of the first and plating another in the fourth to take a 2-0 lead.
In the tenth, UAB took advantage of a Herd miscue to get runners on the corners with two outs and Nathan Vincent launched a ball to deep left that bounced off the wall and led to the UAB victory.
Marshall will return to Regions Field Sunday for the finale of the series, slated for 1:00 pm (CT).