Baseball Wins Home Opener, Defeats Wright State 4-2
HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—The Marshall University baseball team wont its’ home opener today at University Heights, defeating Wright State University 4-2. With the victory, Marshall moved to 3-6 on the year, while Wright State fell to 0-7.
“It is always good to win the home opener,” head coach Dave Piepenbrink said. “We had a couple of key two out hits and our pitchers and defense did a great job in holding them to only two runs.”
Wright State jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. With one out, Chris Tuttle was able to score on a sacrifice fly by Nick Shields.
The Thundering Herd answered right back in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Gregg Hiller singled to left field, scoring Matt White to tie the score at 1-1.
Marshall grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning when White doubled off the right field wall, scoring David Colangelo to make it 2-1.
The score remained the same until the top of the eighth. Wright State’s Lance Links led off the inning with a home run to right field to tie the score at 2-2.
However, Marshall was able to break the tie in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Homer Renshaw doubled to center field, scoring Hiller and Bryce Woods to give the Thundering Herd a 4-2 lead.
Pitcher Chris Meadows (2-0) pitched 2.1 innings, allowing two hits and a run, and was able to retire the side in the ninth in recording the victory. Starter Grant Harper pitched 6.2 solid innings, allowing only five hits and one run.
Brian Stephens (0-2) took the loss for the Raiders.
Marshall will return to action Saturday, March 2, at 11:00 a.m. with a doubleheader against WSU to conclude the series.