Herd Thwarts Late Rally, Beats Central Michigan 6-4

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BECKLEY, W.Va. – Despite seeing the tying run reach scoring position in the ninth, Marshall’s baseball team held on to beat Central Michigan 6-4 in the four-game series finale Sunday at Linda K. Epling Stadium. 

With the victory, the Thundering Herd avoided the series sweep and improved to 8-10. Central Michigan dropped to 9-10.

Marshall led by as many as six and held a 6-1 advantage with one out in the ninth until a walk, a hit batsman, and back-to-back hits pushed three CMU runs across and brought the tying run to the plate.That runner would make it to second as CMU centerfielder Nick Regnier was hit by a pitch then took second on a passed ball.

With two on and two out, Herd reliever Kolin Stanley, who pitched the entire ninth, worked through the trouble with a strikeout of Central Michigan cleanup hitter Jordan Adams.

Freshman starter Michael Taylor (2-1) took the winning decision, striking out a career high seven over 5.0 innings.Taylor scattered three hits and was joined by relievers Matt Hummel and Terrence Moore in keeping the Chippewas hitless across the fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh.

Marshall’s pitching staff combined to limit CMU to six hits while fanning 12.

Marshall took control of the game early, punching a run across in the bottom of the first when Andrew Dundon singled then advanced to third on a failed pickoff attempt.Gray Stafford had the RBI on a single up the middle seconds later.

In the second, Aaron Bossi extended the margin to three with a two-run homer that skipped off the top of the left field wall.

In the fourth, Dundon was credited with an RBI when he received a bases-loaded walk.

In the sixth, the Herd rounded out its scoring, singling four straight times to lead off the inning.Dundon and Stafford’s singles came with RBIs.

CMU starting pitcher Rick Dodridge lasted 3.0 innings and gave up six hits and three runs (two earned).He also struck out two and walked two. 

Central Michigan’s relief staff covered the final five frames and conceded eight hits, six walks, and a hit batter.In all, Marshall rattled off 14 hits and earned eight walks.

Central Michigan scored its first run in the seventh without the aid of a hit.With two away in the inning, designated hitter Tom Lally reached third base via two Marshall errors then scored two batters later on a third MU error.

Leon (3-for-4) paced both teams with three hits while Isaac Ballou, Stafford, Bossi, and Alfredo Brito all finished with two.

CMU’s Logan Regnier went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the losing effort.Lally was 1-for-4 with an RBI and two runs.

Marshall will host West Virginia in the first midweek game of the season Tuesday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va.First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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