Bruins Win Final Game of Series, 4-3
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Another late inning charge by the Herd was not enough as the Belmont Bruins took the third and final game of the series, 4-3.
Belmont opened the scoring in the bottom of the first as Jason Warpool tripled and scored on an error by Brad Helm (Downington, PA). Marshall tied the game in the bottom of the second after Francois Larmore (Magnolia, NJ) doubled to score Adam Frederick (Franklin, PA), who singled earlier in the inning.
The Bruins came back in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead after Dennis Gomez scored from third on a passed ball. After that score, starting pitcher Grant Harper (Grayson, KY) sat down 12 straight Bruins, pitching three straight scoreless innings.
The Herd came back in the top of the fourth when Aaron Jamieson (Lindsay, Ont.), in his first start for the Herd, hit a single and put himself into scoring position by stealing second. Francois Larmore walked to bring up Josh McConnell (Phenix City, AL), who singled to bring in Jamieson and tie the game.
In the bottom of the sixth, after retiring 12 straight batters, Grant Harper ran into some trouble as six batters reached base. Brad Dobner started things off with a single and was moved over to second by a sacrifice fly. A single by Jason Warpool scored Dobner. A hit and a walk loaded up the bases for Josh Brummett, who was subsequently walked to give the Bruins a 4-2 lead.
The Herd was retired in order in the seventh and eighth innings, but made another late-inning charge in the ninth. With one out, Larmore notched his third hit of the day. Josh McConnell got his second single of the day to put two men on with one out. Senior Mike Koitsopoulos (Markham, Ont.) was brought in to pinch hit and delivered with an infield single to score Larmore. From there, though, the Herdís charge came up short as the final two batters of the game struck out.
The doubleheader Sunday was changed from two seven inning games to one nine inning contest.
The loss drops the Herd to 0-3. For the day, the Herd tallied nine hits to six by the Bruins. Action resumes next weekend as Marshall travels to Charleston, SC for the College of Charleston Tournament.