Pastrana and Pitching lift @HerdBaseball past Old Dominion
Reynaldo Pastrana with a go ahead solo home run in the ninth
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NORFOLK, Va. - Reynaldo Pastrana's home run and strong pitching lifted the Marshall baseball team to a 2-1 win over the Old Dominion Monarchs on Sunday at the Bud Metheny Complex.
The Thundering Herd improves to 21-23 (9-12 Conference USA) with the victory. Relief pitcher Matt Reed (5-4) earned his team-leading fifth win. The Purcellville, Va., native went four innings and allowed three hits and one run, but wasn't earned. The Monarchs fall to 31-12 (14-7 C-USA). Relief pitcher Isaiah Nelson (1-1) collected his first loss of the season by throwing two innings and allowing one run on one hit.
Starting pitcher Will Ray picked up the no decision, but was dominant on the mound for the Herd. The right-handed pitcher went five innings and didn't allow a run on four hits. He had two strikeouts and one walk.
Marshall broke the scoreless tie in the top of the fifth inning. Reynaldo Pastrana worked a one-out walk to get things started for the Herd. He later advanced to second a wild pitch by the Old Dominion starting pitcher John Wilson. Tommy Lane put runners on first and second after being walked with two outs. Leo Valenti loaded the bases after a single that hit off the pitcher's leg. Cory Garrastazu drove in Pastrana by being walked on five pitches.
Old Dominion tied the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with two outs. Will Morgan hit a deep triple off the wall in right center. The Monarchs brought in pinch-hitter Shaun Wood. Wood reached on an error by Lane that allowed Morgan to score.
Pastrana broke the tie in the top of the ninth with a solo home run to left field. It was the sophomore's fifth homer and 19th RBI of the season.
Andrew Zban, Shane Hanon, Pastrana and Valenti each had one hit. Zban was 1-for-4 with a double. Pastrana was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored.
Quotes by head coach Jeff Waggoner
On the win...
"I'm so proud of these guys. The way the first two games went, we didn't play really good baseball, but they came out and beat a really good team on Sunday. It kept us alive in the hunt to get into the [C-USA] tournament."
On Ray and Reed...
"Will [Ray] did a great job and just pounded the zone. He mixed with his changeup and his curveball and he really spotted his fastball. And Matt [Reed] just did a great job by coming in for four innings and doing the job."
On Pastrana's go ahead homer...
"Huge hit. I couldn't be more proud of Rey. It was a situation where we needed a big hit. He caught all three games and to come in and get a big hit right there was huge."
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