Herd Baseball Drops Heartbreaker in Morgantown

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Marshall baseball (13-26) dropped a heartbreaker to in-state foe West Virginia (23-15) on Tuesday, falling 3-2 in Morgantown at Monongalia County Ballpark.

 

There was just a combined six hits during the contest, as junior Robert Fajardo (Miami) reached base twice with a single and scored, and classmate Aaron Bossi(St. Louis, Mo.) brought in the Herd’s first run of the day with the Herd’s only other a hit- a single up the middle.

 

Marshall attacked early, scoring in the opening frame as leadoff man Corey Bird (Pinch, W.Va.) reached on a walk, took second on a Mountaineer miscue, went to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Bossi’s single.

WVU stole the lead in the bottom of the third, when back-to-back homers gave the Mountaineers a 2-1 advantage.

 

Marshall tied it up in the fourth; Fajardo reached on an error, moved up on a passed ball, and was awarded third base on a balk. He then plated the equalizer on an RBI groundout from senior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.).

 

The game remained a stalemate until the bottom of the eighth, when a single and back-to-back walks presented trouble for the Herd. A two-out, full count, bases loaded close pitch at the plate resulted in another walk, bringing home the Mountaineers to take the lead for ultimately the final time.

 

Starter Josh King (Troup, Ga.), in his first start of 2015, went 5.1 innings, allowing just three hits and fanning five.

 

The Herd and WVU will face again next Tuesday, April 28, at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston at 6 p.m. for the finale of the series.

 

Prior to that, Marshall will play host to first place Middle Tennessee at Power Park beginning Friday, April 24 at 1 p.m.

 

WAGGONER’S WORDS

Quotes from head coach Jeff Waggoner

”Both teams pitched really well tonight, and it was great to see Josh [King] back on the mound. He was back to his fastball command on both sides of the plate and he gave us a chance to win. The game just simply came down to our hitters just not making adjustments at the plate.”

“We really enjoyed playing at WVU’s new ball park, and look forward to playing them again next week in Charleston. We now have a couple days to practice and get ready for the top team in the league.”

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