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Herd Suffers Season-Ending Loss to No. 20 Rice

Isaac Ballou

May 18, 2013

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HOUSTON -- In a must-win situation, Marshall’s baseball team came up short, 6-0, to No. 20 Rice and saw the Owls complete the Conference USA series sweep Saturday afternoon at Reckling Park. 

Marshall (20-34, 6-18 C-USA) hung tough for four innings until a one-out triple by second baseman Christian Stringer plated two and gave Rice (37-17, 15-9 C-USA) a 2-0 lead in the fifth.  The Owls added a sacrifice fly on the next at-bat to make it 3-0 then punched one across in the next three innings to close out the scoring. 

Thundering Herd sophomore Matt Margaritonda (0-5) did fine work on the mound but ended up with the loss.  He scattered five hits to C-USA’s top hitting club and issued a pair of walks while striking out three, exiting after the fifth. 

Andrew Dundon paced Marshall’s offense by singling twice and finishing 2-for-4.

Marshall’s offense produced five hits for the afternoon and was held scoreless for the ninth time this season. 

Eight Marshall careers came to a close as Isaac Ballou, Alfredo Brito, Nathan Gomez, Matt Hummel, Matt Kirkwood, Terrence Moore, Wayland Moore, and Gray Stafford concluded their senior seasons. 

Ballou’s career ended with four Marshall records (16 career triples, seven triples in the 2011 season, 129 career walks, and 43 walks in the 2012 season).  He also ranked among the Marshall career leaders in games played (208/fourth), at-bats (722/fourth), hits (211/fourth), runs (144/fourth), total bases (287/ninth), and stolen bases (64/second). 

Gomez ranked sixth in games played (199), fifth in at-bats (648), seventh in hits (187), third in doubles (42), and seventh in walks (90). 

Stafford’s six career triples were tied for eighth all-time.