Herd Takes Friday from First-Place Middle Tennessee

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A dominant pitching performance from junior Chase Boster (Stafford, Va.) led the Herd to take its third straight Friday victory, as Marshall (14-26, 7-12 C-USA) defeated first-place Middle Tennessee (23-18, 14-5 C-USA) 3-1 at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

 

Boster carried a perfect game into the sixth inning, where he allowed a leadoff single. Boster allowed just two total hits with two walks and three punchouts.

 

Sophomore Corey Bird (Pinch, W.Va.) and junior Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) each turned in two hits apiece to lead the Herd offense.

 

The game started a stale mate until the bottom of the third, when junior outfielder Robert Fajardo (Miami) led off the inning with a double to left field. He came home on a single to center field from Bird to give Marshall its first lead of the day.

 

Middle briefly tied the game in the sixth when a leadoff hit from Blue Raiders’ designated hitter Kaleb King gave MT its first base runner of the afternoon. King scored off a sacrifice fly for the lone Blue Raiders’ run.

 

The Herd quickly responded in the bottom of the frame with another leadoff double, this time from junior DJ Gee (Seattle). After he advanced on a wild pitch, a single up the middle from Bossi brought Gee, who happened to be celebrating his birthday, home for the ultimately winning run.

 

Marshall added insurance in the eighth, when Bossi, who singled earlier in the inning, moved to third on a single from pinch-hitter Chad Roberts (Wilmington, Ohio).  He then scored after a MT throwing miscue.

 

Herd senior Kolin Stanley (Beloit, Ohio) (and fellow birthday boy) replaced Boster in the seventh, using just one pitch to get out of the inning, and worked a total of 1.1 innings of relief, before classmate Matt Margaritonda (Freehold, N.J.) entered in the ninth to pick up his team-high third save of the season.

 

Marshall and Middle will play again Saturday at Power Park, with a first pitch slated for 7 p.m.

 

WAGGONER’S WORDS

Link to Coach Waggoner's post-game interview

 

Chase Boster, Jr., Starting Pitcher

“It’s always easy to throw well when you have that defense that I do behind me. I was just really feeling the energy, and I was able to fill the zone. It was just a great win, as a team, and I was thankful I was able to do my part in securing it. We just need to take this, keep up the confidence we got from it, and take it into tomorrow.”

 

DJ Gee, Jr., Left Fielder

“It was a great team win all around. We’ve continued to just play as a team, and everyone is finding ways to contribute. [Chase] Boster threw great, and we never let down from that. It was great to get a win on my birthday and hopefully, we can use this momentum for tomorrow.”

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