May 2, 2014
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CHARLESTON, W.Va.—Marshall baseball opened its inaugural series with new Conference USA foe Louisiana Tech, winning in walk-off fashion 4-3 in ten innings Friday night to improve to 19-24 (9-12 C-USA). Marshall has not lost at either Power Park or the Kennedy Center since its first series in early March against Southern Miss.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) increased his hitting streak to ten games, singling down the left field line in the tenth inning to score Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) to give the Herd the victory. The hits marks the second time this season Escobedo has connected for a walk-off Herd win.
“That felt great,” Escobedo said of the walk-off hit. “I just wanted to make a move; take that opportunity and do something with it. Anything I can do to help the team win is what I care about.”
The Herd broke through in the bottom of the eighth, rallying from behind to plate three and tie the game. The inning began with junior shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami) with a single down third base. Junior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) belted his third homer of the year, a bomb over the left field fence, to bring Marshall within two.
Junior John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) then stepped into the box to pinch hit and ended up boarding on a hit-by-pitch. Freshman Brenden Wells (Beloit, Ohio) came into pinch run, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from junior Dundon.
Catcher Matt Reed
(Purcellville, Va.) then ripped a ball down the right field line, scoring Wells to tie the game.
Starter Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) pitched very effectively, tossing nine innings and picking up three strikeouts. Margaritonda did not walk a batter and allowed three runs (two earned) throughout his performance.
LA Tech attacked in the second inning, plating two runs off a single, double, sacrifice bunt, and throwing error. The Bulldogs added another run in the top of the eighth off three straight singles.
Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) turned in a 2-4 day and picked up his 12th steal of the season.
Relievers Clint Wilson (Cedar Park, Texas), Caleb Ross (Barboursville, W.Va.) and Kolin Stanley (Beloit, Ohio) each picked up a strikeout in the tenth- Wilson and Stanley got a swinging K, and Ross caught his batter looking.
Marshall will return for game two of the series Saturday at 5:00 pm at Appalachian Power Park.