May 19, 2012
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NEW ORLEANS, La. -- In the final game of the 2012 season, Marshall’s baseball team defeated Tulane 10-0 in a seven-inning, 10-run ruled victory Saturday at Turchin Stadium.
The victory improved the Thundering Herd’s record to 17-37 overall and 5-19 in Conference USA play. The Herd missed qualifying for the C-USA postseason tournament by half a game.
Tulane dropped to 37-18 (14-10 C-USA).
Junior Isaac Ballou went 4-for-4 in the victory and helped Marshall put runs on the board right off the bat. The Smithville, Va. native displayed his blazing speed on the third pitch of the game with an infield single where he outran Tulane starting pitcher David Napoli covering first base on a ground ball to that side. Ballou came around to score three batters later on a single from freshman Eric Escobedo.
The Herd would not look back, scoring once more in the first, five times in the third, twice in the fourth, and one more in the seventh to put the 10-run rule into effect.
Freshman Andrew Dundon also scored in the first after being walked by Napoli.
Napoli (7-3) exited the game after allowing three straight hits to lead off the third. Nathan Gomez, Escobedo, and Alfredo Brito were all beneficiaries of those hits, and each came around to score as Marshall tagged Tulane’s ace with seven hits and five earned runs in two innings pitched.
On the other side of the mound, freshman Lance Elder shined. Elder limited the most talented hitting team in Conference USA to just two hits over five innings. The right-hander, who struck out four, issued three walks but escaped damage with several big plays by his defense.
Elder (2-5) got help in the first when senior Thor Meeks threw out Brennan Middleton stealing second base. In the second, Gomez speared a line drive labeled for right field and stepped on first to complete an unassisted double play. Escobedo made a diving catch for the third out in inning number three.
Elder then took himself out of trouble in the fourth and fifth with two punchouts in the fourth and a 1-6-3 double play that he turned for the first two outs of the fifth.
Joe McGillicuddy relieved Elder for the sixth and seventh and enjoyed similar success. The freshman allowed a pair of hits and a walk but escaped the seventh with another 1-6-3 double play. McGillicuddy’s double play ended the game.
Gomez finished the game 3-for-5 with a double and two runs. The junior was one of five Herd players with an extra base hit in the victory. Ballou, Escobedo, Sergio Leon, and Meeks were the others.
Meeks was 2-for-4 in the triumph and completed his career at Marshall having amassed 199 games played (fifth all-time at Marshall), 607 at-bats (sixth all-time), 89 walks (sixth all-time), 34 doubles (10th all-time), and 25 home runs (11th all-time).
Gomez’s double in the seventh was the junior’s 34th of his career, placing him tied with Meeks at number 10 on Marshall’s list.
The Herd, which shut out its opponent for the first time since Mike Mason and Joe Church combined for a shutout at Charleston Southern, rattled the Tulane pitching staff with 16 hits, matching what Marshall’s lineup did to Tulane in Friday’s extra-inning loss.