May 10, 2013
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BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Sophomore second baseman Andrew Dundon notched his 100th career hit but Marshall's baseball team was sunk by the Pirates of East Carolina, 9-1, in Friday's Conference USA series opener at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
Marshall, which lost its sixth straight C-USA contest, fell to 18-30 (5-14 C-USA). East Carolina improved to 27-22 (11-8 C-USA).
Dundon's hit, a single, loaded the bases in the seventh inning with the score 4-1 but turned into one of eight runners Marshall left on base in the loss.
After that, ECU proceeded to pour on five runs over the last two innings to put the game out of reach. Three of those runs came off the bat of first baseman Chase McDonald who hit a three-run homer to left-center with two out in the top of the eighth. The three-run shot came after Marshall had two out and the bases clear. In fact, East Carolina plated each of its last five runs after having two out and no one on.
Further, six of ECU's nine runs were scored with two out as the Pirates were 8-for-17 (.471) when down to their last chance in an inning.
Freshman Aaron Bossi drove in Marshall's lone run with a two-out, two-strike single to right, scoring Eric Escobedo who had singled and taken second on a stolen base.
Bossi's RBI base hit tied the game at one in the second, but East Carolina quickly retook the lead as McDonald drove in his first run with a groundout in the top of the third.
Starting pitcher Wayland Moore (2-3) was saddled the loss despite trailing only 2-1 entering the sixth. After East Carolina loaded the bases with one out in the sixth, Moore was lifted for what would amount to three relief pitchers in that inning.
East Carolina starter Jeff Hoffman (6-5) struck out seven over eight innings and was the winning pitcher. The right-hander allowed seven hits, a pair of walks, and just one (earned) run.
Escobedo singled in his first and last plate appearances as part of a 2-for-4 effort.
Six members of the Pirates squad recorded two hits, including McDonald (2-for-3) who had four RBI's and shortstop Jack Reinheimer (2-for-4) who scored three runs.
The series will continue Saturday and Sunday with start times currently scheduled for 7 p.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.