March 11, 2014
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MOREHEAD, Ky.-- Herd baseball failed to keep its win streak as the team took on Morehead State Tuesday afternoon at Sonny Allen Field in Morehead, Ky. Despite a 9th inning comeback which saw the Herd plate six runs, Marshall fell 11-9. Morehead improved to 7-8 on the year while the Herd dropped to 5-10.
Marshall entered the 9th inning down 11-3 but sprung to life when three walks and two hit-by-pitches resulted in a two Herd runs with the bases loaded. Things continued offensively, after singles by TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) and Escobedo delivered two more runs and cut the Morehead lead within four.
A double to right field by third baseman Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) smacked in another two Herd runs to bring the score 11-9 with two on and one out. The Herd failed to capitalize further, and the rally stopped short at six runs.
Marshall used a total of eight pitchers in the contest, with only two working longer than two innings- starter Roscoe Blackburn (Worthington, Ohio) and reliever Lance Elder (Miami).
Freshman southpaw Blackburn made his 3rd career start, going 2.1 innings, allowing three runs off three hits and three walks.
The Herd struck first, as it has with every game but two this season, when designated hitter Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla.) singled and scored on a single to left field from outfielder Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) in the 2nd.
In the bottom of the 3rd, the Eagles responded with force, leading off with a walk to outfielder Ryan Kent. A single, sacrifice, and double later, and Morehead was on the board with two runs.
The Eagles plated six runs in the 3rd after scoring three off Blackburn and three off of Herd reliever Brandyn Sittinger (LaGrange, Ohio).
Morehead scored two more runs in the 6th inning and three more in the 8th off three different Herd hurlers.
Bossi and Escobedo each went 2-5 with three RBI.
Marshall travels to Athens, Ohio tomorrow to face border rival Ohio University at 4:00 p.m. at Bob Wren Stadium.