Marshall Falls 5-2 Sunday|
April 27, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The finale between Marshall and UAB took a little while to get started, five hours after its original start time to be exact, but an inside the park grand slam in the eighth inning propelled UAB to a 5-2 victory.
Redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) turned in a 2-for-3 performance with a run and stolen base. Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) extended his on-base streak to 11 games after two walks, picking up his 11th stolen base of the year.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) also extended his streaks, making eight consecutive games he has gotten a hit and gotten on base.
Marshall starter Chase Boster (Stafford, Va.) made his first Conference USA start of the season, facing more than the minimum just once in his 6.2 innings of work, picking up four strikeouts and allowing just one run off three hits.
In that inning, Boster gave up his first hit of the game, a double to left field. A UAB sac bunt and sac fly gave the Blazers the early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third.
The Herd broke the game open in the top of the sixth, when Fajardo laced a double to shallow left center. Bird then walked, and both advanced on a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami).
With pressure mounting, UAB’s hurler Jonny Leiske tossed a wild pitch and Fajardo seized the opportunity, plating the first Marshall run and tying the game.
Walks to second baseman Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) and designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) loaded the bases, and third baseman Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) took his ninth hit-by-pitch of the season to score Bird and give the Herd the lead.
In the bottom of the eighth, a bases loaded inside the park grand slam resulted in four Blazer runs, giving UAB the 5-2 lead and the victory.
Marshall returns to action Tuesday, April 29 for the finale of the Eastern Kentucky series, slated for 3:00 pm at the Kennedy Center Field in Huntington, W. Va.