Herd Rallies But Slips to LA Tech 8-7
Marshall picked up its fourth CUSA series despite the loss
May 4, 2014
CHARLESTON, W.Va.—With the series sweep on the line and a home winning streak, Marshall baseball fell to Louisiana Tech Sunday by a score of 8-7.
The Herd dropped to 20-25 on the season and 10-13 in Conference USA play, but picked up its fourth series win in conference play.
A ninth inning rally brought the Herd within one after Bossi singled to the shortstop, Leon walked, and both scored on a triple from TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) who then plated a run on a sacrifice fly from Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park. N.J.).
Diffenderfer went 2-for-3 on the day, with a triple, run, and two RBI. Catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.) also picked up two hits with a double and run. Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) extended his hitting streak to 11 games, and freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) took his on-base streak to 14.
Marshall plated a run in the first to tie the game, a run in the second to take the lead, and a run in the fourth to tie the game once again before Louisiana Tech in the fifth stole the lead once more.
LA Tech scored a run in the fifth to take the lead, and put up three in the sixth to add insurance. The Bulldogs scored again in the ninth.
The Herd tied the game in the bottom of the first after leadoff man Bird walked, took second after an Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) single, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Sergio Leon (Miami), and scored on a wild pitch.
In the second inning, designated hitter John Beary (Apopka, Fla.) reached base after a hit-by-pitch, moved up after an Escobedo bunt single, and a Louisiana Tech error sent each runner up a base. Robert Fajardo (Miami) knocked a sacrifice fly to score Beary, and give the Herd the 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs plated two runs in the third to take the lead once again before Marshall tied it up once more in the fourth after a Fajardo double and Bird single.
Reed doubled to lead off the eighth inning, coming around to score off a sacrifice fly from Chase Vogelbach (Ft. Myers, Fla) who entered the game to play left field in the beginning of the inning.
Marshall will return to Appalachian Power Park next weekend when the Herd plays host to new C-USA member Old Dominion.