Bats Unable to Break Lose, Marshall Falls 4-0 Saturday

Special to HNN Provided by Herd Zone

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – For just the fourth time this season, Marshall baseball (16-29, 8-15 C-USA) suffered a shutout, falling 4-0 to Southern Miss (26-16, 12-10 C-USA) Saturday at Pete Taylor Park.


The Herd actually outhit the Golden Eagles for most of the contest, until a late run in the 8th inning gave USM seven to Marshall’s six.


Sophomore Corey Bird (Pinch, W.Va.) was 2-for-4, and junior Robert Fajardo (Miami) roped a double to lead the MU offense. Seniors TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) and Sergio Leon (Miami) and junior Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) all singled in the game to account for the other Herd hits.


Southern Miss pressured the Herd early, loading the bases in both the first two innings before dynamic defense got Marshall through the jams.


USM again loaded the bases in the third, and with two outs, a chopper hit down third base to freshman Tyler Ratliff (Alexandria, Va.) presented trouble for the Herd. Ratliff fielded the ball cleanly, but an off throw over to first base allowed the Golden Eagles to plate their first run of the day.


Southern Miss added to its lead in the 4th; right fielder Dylan Burdeaux led off with a double, and with runners on the corners, a fake double steal brought him home for a 2-0 lead.


The Golden Eagles scored again in the 6th off a walk and double combo, and added its fourth run of the game in the 8th, when a walk and two-base throwing error put a runner on third and yet another double from the USM bats brought him home.


Marshall and Southern Miss will face off in the finale of the series beginning at 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

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