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EKU Walk-Off Sends Herd Home with 6-4 Loss

Ryan Hopkins allowed just one hit and struck out one in two innings of relief Wednesday

May 9, 2012

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RICHMOND, Ky. -- Marshall’s baseball team came out on the wrong side of another exciting finish Wednesday at Turkey Hughes Field as Eastern Kentucky’s Matt Phipps’ walk-off home run lifted the Colonels past the Thundering Herd, 6-4. 

Phipps entered the game in the seventh to replace a struggling Bryan Soloman in the clean-up spot and delivered when he sent an 0-2 pitch into the trees just beyond the left field fence. 

EKU won its fourth straight victory and improved to 26-20 for the season.  Marshall, which lost its fifth straight, dropped to 15-32. 

Eastern Kentucky scored twice in the first and plated two more in the second to go up 4-0 through two innings of play, but the Herd responded with one in the third and three in the fifth to bring the game into a tie.  The teams clung to that tie for nearly five innings until Austin Grisham slapped a one-out single to left field and Phipps ended the game with the homer. 

Starting pitcher Wayland Moore was tagged with four runs in 1.1 innings but received no decision as Eric Escobedo took him off the hook in the fifth.  With one out and the bases loaded, the freshman delivered a base-clearing double to tie the game up at four. 

Escobedo, who went 2-for-4, doubled again in the seventh but would turn into one of eight runners the Herd stranded in the loss.  His hit also turned into the last base runner of the game for Marshall as EKU’s Greg Terry (2-3) retired the next seven and collected the win. 

Josh King (2-3) was brought in to pitch the ninth and took the loss. 

The Herd scored its first run in the third inning when Isaac Ballou walked, stole second, took third on a wild pitch, then scored on Nathan Gomez’s groundout. 

Gomez would single along with Sergio Leon two innings later in Marshall’s big inning.