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Marshall Walks Off with Victory over Tulane

Ryan Hopkins matched his season-best strikeout mark of 4 on Friday

April 26, 2013

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall freshman Aaron Bossi capped a three-hit night by scoring the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Thundering Herd outlasted Tulane 4-3 in Friday’s Conference USA series opener at Appalachian Power Park. 

Bossi reached on a walk with one out in the bottom of the 11th and, after Matt Kirkwood and Sergio Leon laid down bunt singles to load the bases, scored from third on Isaac Ballou’s winning single through the left side. 

Marshall took its second straight extra-inning C-USA opener and improved to 16-24 (5-8 C-USA).  Tulane fell to 20-22 (5-8 C-USA). 

The series will conclude Saturday with a 12 p.m. doubleheader. 

Tulane jumped out to an early lead, scoring twice in the top of the first and once more in the top of the third.  In the bottom of the second, Bossi put Marshall on the board with an RBI groundout that scored Nathan Gomez who had led off the inning with a double to right-center. 

Trailing 3-1 in the bottom of the fourth, Bossi came through once again with a two-out single up the middle that plated Gomez and Chase Vogelbach to tie the game at 3-3. 

The two-out single took Marshall starting pitcher Wayland Moore (2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 BB, 1 K) off the hook for the loss and marked the start of six straight innings of scoreless baseball.  During that time, Marshall received brilliant pen performances by Matt Margaritonda, Ryan Hopkins, and Josh King

Margaritonda, in the longest outing of his career, conceded just three hits while striking out four and walking none over 4.2 innings.  The sophomore entered the game in the middle of the third and took Marshall out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam with only one run of damage. 

Hopkins, who pitched the eighth, ninth, and 10th, scattered three hits while fanning four.  In the 10th, Tulane put the go-ahead runner on third with one out thanks to back-to-back singles, but Hopkins struck out Richard Carthon and Brennan Middleton at the top of the Green Wave order to end the frame. 

King (1-1) pitched the 11th and collected a strikeout and the winning decision. 

Bossi finished 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and a run.  Ballou was 1-for-5 with an RBI and a walk.  The walk, an intentional pass issued to him in the ninth, moved him into a tie for the Marshall walks record of 120 set by Josh Valle in 2010. 

Gomez (2-for-4) and Kirkwood (2-for-5) also finished with two hits. 

For Tulane, right fielder Andrew Garner was 3-for-5 with a double.  Relief pitcher Kyle McKenzie (2-2) suffered the loss despite 5.1 innings of solid work.  The right-hander relieved Tulane starter Tony Rizzotti in the sixth.