East Carolina Prevails Over Marshall in Extra Innings

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University
File Photo courtesy Marshall University Athletics
File Photo courtesy Marshall University Athletics

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Zach Wright hit the first pitch of the top of the 10th for a home run to break an 8-8 tie as East Carolina held on to defeat the Marshall University baseball team in a come-from-behind victory, 9-8 on Friday night at Appalachian Power Park.

Rhett Stafford went 3-for-5 with three runs scored and was a triple shy of the cycle as he also connected for his team-leading seventh long ball of the season. Kenny Socorro roped three hits and knocked in three, while Victor Ramos added a three-hit game of his own.

Victor Gomez and Thor Meeks each laced a pair of hits in the loss as Marshall falls to 17-25 overall, 4-12 in conference play.

A career-best performance from freshman Aaron Blair was spoiled as the righty fired the first six innings without the Pirates crossing home. Beyond a career-high in innings pitched, Blair also recorded a career-best six strikeouts, while scattering seven hits and walking one.

Brad Mincey (5-2) pitched two frames of scoreless relief out of the ECU (29-16, 10-9 C-USA) bullpen to earn the victory.

Josh King was tagged with the loss, as his record drops to 2-2 on the season.

Trent Whitehead and Phillip Clark each ripped three hits in the win.

TIME CHANGE: Saturday’s game has been moved up to 5 p.m. at Power Park due to the possibility of inclement weather.

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