Herd Surges with a Seven Run Seventh to Win Saturday|
May 3, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- With its home winning streak on the line, Marshall baseball found its lucky number seven Saturday, rallying from behind to score seven runs in the seventh inning and defeat Louisiana Tech 7-3 to clinch the series.
Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) doubled down the left field line to begin the rally, keeping his hitting streak alive at 10 games. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run, and stolen base.
Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) continued his hot bat, producing a 3-for-4 day with a run. The outfielder increases his on-base streak now to 13 games.
“Just being able to get us started that inning was huge,” Escobedo said of the rally inning. “We’re a team that believes in overcoming adversity, and being behind 3-0 meant nothing to us except that we need to fight.”
After Escobedo’s double to begin the seventh, redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) was beaned, his third hit-by-pitch in two days, to put two on. Bird bunt singled his way on, advancing Fajardo and Escobedo. A LA Tech throwing error resulted in an additional base for the Herd, and Escobedo broke the blank for the Herd.
Sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) was then also hit-by-pitch to load the bases for junior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) A single to left field brought Fajardo and Bird home and tied the game at three all.
Junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) singled down third base to load the bases once more.
Catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.) reached on a fielder’s choice, and another LA Tech error delivered two more Herd runs, courtesy of Bossi and Diffenderfer.
With the Herd now ahead 5-3, Escobedo again delivered- this time a single up the middle- to score Dundon and Reed and give Marshall the 7-3 lead.
Louisiana Tech attacked first after designated hitter Stephen Gandy launched a ball over the left field wall for the early 1-0 lead in the fifth. The Bulldogs plated two more runs in the sixth off a single, walk, sacrifice fly, and wild pitch.
Starter Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) picked up his third win on the year, working seven innings allowing four hits and picking up four strikeouts.
Reliever Alex Thackston (Proctorville, Ohio) entered in the ninth inning and faced just three batters, striking out two to seal the victory for the Herd.