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Vogelbach’s Home Run Lifts Herd Past Bobcats
Vogelbach’s home run led off the bottom of the fourth in a 2-2 ballgame and came only minutes prior to a 30-minute rain delay that forced teams to clear the field.
Marshall improved to 15-24 (4-8 Conference USA) while Ohio fell to 10-29 (5-10 Mid-American Conference).
Vogelbach added a double to lead off the sixth and finished 2-for-4, one of four members of the Herd with multiple hits.
Marshall struck first in its opening frame as Eric Escobedo blooped a two-out double into center field that skipped under the glove of Ohio centerfielder Tyler Wells, allowing the Herd sophomore to score on the play.
Senior Isaac Ballou extended the margin in the third when he lined a double down the right field line, scoring Sergio Leon.
In Ohio’s ensuing at-bat, Kyle Dean led off with a double to left-center, and Ben Otto followed with a homer to left-center which brought the game to a 2-2 tie.
Vogelbach broke that tie and gave Marshall the lead on a 3-1 pitch to lead off the bottom half.
Ballou was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and an RBI in the victory. The fifth-inning walk was the 119th of his career, one short of the Marshall record set by Josh Valle in 2010.
Escobedo and Aaron Bossi were both 2-for-4. Bossi added one of Marshall’s four stolen bases on the afternoon (others coming from Ballou, Andrew Dundon, and Leon).
Marshall started freshman left-hander Alex Thackston on the bump but used eight arms in the contest. Relief pitcher Kolin Stanley struck out four hitters over two innings of work but did not receive a decision as freshman Chase Boster (2-4) was on record when Vogelbach gave the Herd the lead.
Josh King saved his fourth game of the season and seventh of his career.
Ohio reliever Nick Plys (0-3) suffered the loss.
Marshall added an insurance run in the sixth on a pinch-hit sacrifice fly by Alfredo Brito.
Otto and Ohio first baseman Jake Madsen each finished with two hits.
Marshall will begin a three-game C-USA series against Tulane at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va., on Friday. Friday and Saturday game times are scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Sunday’s finale will start at 10 a.m.