June 11, 2012
As the 2011-2012 Marshall athletics season comes to a close, HerdZone.com is taking a look back at some of the top moments of the past year. Several exciting moments took place for Marshall during the most recent season, and we did our best to select the top 10 noteworthy moments.
Starting on Monday, June 11, we will be counting down each moment with three moments released weekly, leading up to the release of the number one moment on Monday, July 2.
Check back throughout the next few weeks as we unveil the 10 moments that helped shape the past year for the Thundering Herd.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall baseball's comeback victory over No. 13 UCF on May 12 comes in at number 10. The 9-6 triumph marked the first victory over nationally ranked opposition since the 2010 season when the Thundering Herd's baseball program narrowly defeated No. 25 Rice.
The victory came on Senior Day, but it was freshman shortstop Sergio Leon who shined with a 4-for-4 performance, belting his first career home run - a three-run bomb - in the fourth inning to give Marshall a 4-2 lead. The Herd would not relinquish that lead, forcing the 13th-ranked Knights into only their third road loss of the season.
Junior Gray Stafford homered to extend the Herd's lead from 4-3 to 7-3 in the sixth inning, and a pair of freshmen helped Marshall go up 9-3 in the eighth. Andrew Dundon's base hit scored Isaac Ballou on a hit-and-run from first, and Eric Escobedo later singled in Dundon with a base hit through the right side.
For Stafford, it was the 10th home run of his career and team-leading fifth of the season.
Sophomore Aaron Blair was the winning pitcher. After enduring a rocky start, the right-hander settled down to limit the Knights' high-caliber lineup to just two hits over his last five innings.