May 9, 2017
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ATHENS, Ohio – The Marshall baseball team extended its win streak to five games on Tuesday night with a 5-2 victory over longtime-rival Ohio at Bob Wren Stadium.
The Thundering Herd improve to 25-23 overall. Starting pitcher Brad O’Connor (2-3) earned the win by throwing five innings with five strikeouts. He allowed two runs on five hits. Relief pitcher Matt Reed picked up his fifth save of the season. The Bobcats fall to 22-25. Ohio’s starting pitcher Nick Kamrada (0-2) was credited for the loss.
“I thought we played well tonight, had great defense,” head coach Jeff Waggoner said. “Brad O’Connor did a good job keeping us in the game. Jacob Bradley, Hunter Sexton and Matt Reed did a good job shutting the door. We swung the bats really good too. Now we need to keep this momentum going into this weekend against a great Louisiana Tech team.”
Marshall opened the scoring up in the top of the second inning. Tommy Lane led off with a single to left field and then was followed by a Cory Garrastazu single through the right side. Lane moved to third base after Billy Sager grounded into a double play. Leo Valenti drove in Lane with a RBI single to right field.
The Herd continued its scoring in the third inning and pushed its lead to three. Tyler Ratliff began with a lead-off infield single. He stole second base after Ohio player chose to cover second on a pitch. Ratliff later came around to score on a Shane Hanon single to left field. Andrew Zban kept the inning going with a bunt single to move Hanon into scoring position. Lane capitalized with a RBI single to right field.
Ohio cut its deficit to one run in the bottom of the third. Ty Black hit a two RBI double to left field, scoring Nick Bredson and Spencer Ibarra.
Marshall added a pair of an insurance runs in the fourth inning with a Ratliff two-run homer to right field.
The contest turned from a slugfest from a pitcher’s duel as neither team scored after the top of fourth inning. Marshall combined for three hits over the five innings, while Ohio had six.
Freshmen Jacob Bradley and Hunter Sexton made relief appearances on the mound. Bradley tossed two shutout innings with two strikeouts. Sexton pitched one shutout inning with two strikeouts. Sexton and Reed are tied for a team-high 22 appearances.
Nine players combined for 13 hits. Hanon led the Herd by finishing 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored. Zban and Lane both went 2-for-4. Lane had a run scored and a RBI. Ratliff was 1-for-5 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
Marshall finishes its regular season road schedule this weekend with a trip to Louisiana Tech. The Conference USA three-game series begins Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m. ET and finishes Sunday at 2 p.m. ET.