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Thundering Herd Baseball Falls 5-3 in Sunday Finale

Andrew Dundon led Marshall during the month of April with a .409 batitng average

April 29, 2012

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Marshall stranded six runners over the final three innings and fell to Southern Miss 5-3 in the deciding game of a Conference USA baseball series Sunday afternoon at Appalachian Power Park. 

The Thundering Herd (15-28, 3-12 C-USA) put runners on first and third with one out in the seventh but ended the inning with two pop outs.  In the eighth, the Herd loaded the bases with no outs but struck out twice.  Sergio Leon drove in a run in the ninth but Marshall would fail to produce any more despite putting runners on the corners again with one out.  

Southern Miss (25-18, 9-6 C-USA) scored right off the bat in the top of the first, benefiting from a hit-and-run which sent a one-out walk to third.  That run would come around to score on a ground ball in the next at-bat. 

Nathan Gomez responded for the Herd in the bottom half with a solo bomb to right field to even the game at 1-1.  Marshall took the lead two innings later when Adrian Farris reached on an error then came around to score on another RBI from Leon. 

The Herd held the lead at 2-1 all the way to the fifth until Southern Miss executed another hit-and-run to set up a two-RBI single from Mason Robbins which gave the lead back to the Golden Eagles, 3-2.  USM, which held the lead for the remainder of the game, added two more to its lead in the eighth. 

Lance Elder (1-4) was dealt the loss as Robbins’ single off Wayland Moore plated two of the freshman’s runners.  Elder tossed four innings, gave up five hits and three runs with three walks and three strikeouts. 

Matt Margaritonda pitched a perfect innings of relief, striking out one.  Josh King, despite conceding a base hit and a walk, struck out the side (all looking) in his one inning of relief. 

Gomez finished the game 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk.  Isaac Ballou was 2-for-5. 

Other hits for the Herd came from Eric Escobedo, Alfredo Brito, Thor Meeks, and Andrew Dundon

Gomez went 6-for-11 (.545) for the series and increased his season average to a team-leading .317.  Dundon was 3-for-7 (.429) against Southern Miss and capped off the month of April batting .409 (18-of-44).