Marshall Downs Morehead State 4-1
Stafford triples and homers in Herd victory
April 30, 2013
BECKLEY, W.Va. – Fueled by a three-run third inning, Marshall’s baseball team defeated regional rival Morehead State 4-1 on a warm Tuesday evening at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Marshall improved to 17-26 (5-10 Conference USA) and will turn around quickly to face another regional rival, Eastern Kentucky, Wednesday at 3 p.m. at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio. Morehead State dropped to 15-31 on the season.
The third inning was started when sophomore shortstop Sergio Leon reached base after being hit by a pitch. Leon then stole second, went to third on an Andrew Dundon infield single, then scored when Morehead State starting pitcher Tyler Keele threw wild on a pickoff attempt at first. Leon was the first of three runs to score that inning as Gray Stafford lifted a one-out triple to left-center and Isaac Ballou slapped an RBI-single to left in the next two at-bats.
Stafford padded Marshall’s 3-0 lead two innings later when he hit a solo homer to left with two out in the fifth.
Marshall starting pitcher Chase Boster picked up the win and improved to 3-4 after keeping the Eagles scoreless over six frames. The freshman was brilliant, scattering six hits and a walk to go along with three strikeouts.
Kyle Kessler, Kolin Stanley, and Matt Margaritonda were used from the pen to finish out the final three innings. Stanley, who worked 1.2 innings, conceded only one base runner after being brought into a seventh inning jam which saw the tying run come up to bat.
Margaritonda struck out two in a perfect ninth and collected his fourth save of the season.
Dundon and Stafford finished with two hits, but MSU’s Kane Sweeney and Brandon Rawe paced all hitters with three hits apiece. As a team, Morehead State out-hit the Thundering Herd 8-7.
Keele (3-6) was dealt the loss, giving up six hits and four (earned) runs over 4.2 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out four.
A quick turnaround will have Marshall playing Eastern Kentucky Wednesday at 3 p.m. at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.