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Herd Wins; WVU Loses

May 3, 2014

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(Courtesy Marshall and WVU Athletic Departments)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.-- With its home winning streak on the line, Marshall baseball found its lucky number seven Saturday, rallying from behind to score seven runs in the seventh inning and defeat Louisiana Tech 7-3 to clinch the series.

Junior Eric Escobedo (Troup, Ga.) doubled down the left field line to begin the rally, keeping his hitting streak alive at 10 games. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with two RBI, a run, and stolen base.

Freshman Corey Bird (Elkview, W.Va.) continued his hot bat, producing a 3-for-4 day with a run. The outfielder increases his on-base streak now to 13 games.

“Just being able to get us started that inning was huge,” Escobedo said of the rally inning. “We’re a team that believes in overcoming adversity, and being behind 3-0 meant nothing to us except that we need to fight.”

After Escobedo’s double to begin the seventh, redshirt sophomore Robert Fajardo (Miami) was beaned, his third hit-by-pitch in two days, to put two on. Bird bunt singled his way on, advancing Fajardo and Escobedo. A LA Tech throwing error resulted in an additional base for the Herd, and Escobedo broke the blank for the Herd.

Sophomore Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) was then also hit-by-pitch to load the bases for junior TJ Diffenderfer (Mount Juliet, Tenn.) A single to left field brought Fajardo and Bird home and tied the game at three all.

Junior Andrew Dundon (Lincoln Park, N.J.) singled down third base to load the bases once more.

Catcher Matt Reed (Purcellville, Va.) reached on a fielder’s choice, and another LA Tech error delivered two more Herd runs, courtesy of Bossi and Diffenderfer.

With the Herd now ahead 5-3, Escobedo again delivered- this time a single up the middle- to score Dundon and Reed and give Marshall the 7-3 lead.

Louisiana Tech attacked first after designated hitter Stephen Gandy launched a ball over the left field wall for the early 1-0 lead in the fifth. The Bulldogs plated two more runs in the sixth off a single, walk, sacrifice fly, and wild pitch.

Starter Michael Taylor (St. Albans, W.Va.) picked up his third win on the year, working seven innings allowing four hits and picking up four strikeouts.

Reliever Alex Thackston (Proctorville, Ohio) entered in the ninth inning and faced just three batters, striking out two to seal the victory for the Herd.


MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 3, 2014) - Despite out-hitting their opponent 11-6, the WVU baseball team fell 2-0 to No. 11 Texas on Saturday afternoon at Hawley Field, evening the series at one game apiece.

In Hawley Field's final weekend, a crowd of 1,624 packed the stands, representing thethird largest attendance figure in the parks history.

The loss drops West Virginia to 25-17 overall and 8-8 within the Big 12. Texas improved to 34-14 overall on the season and 11-9 within conference play.

WVU stranded seven men in scoring position, and 12 total base runners, as they were unable to take the series win.

Redshirt sophomore left-hander Ross Vance (3-1) was issued his first career loss, allowing two runs on six hits in 8.1 innings of work. Vance struck out four and walked one.

West Virginia had runners on second and third with two outs in the third inning, but senior first baseman Ryan McBroom flew out to end the threat and the game stayed scoreless.

The Longhorns tallied the eventual game-winning run in the fourth inning. Texas shortstopC.J. Hinojosa hit a ball to center field scoring Madison Carter, who reached with a one-out single to left field and advanced to second on a ground out.

West Virginia loaded the bases in the fourth inning with back-to-back singles from redshirt junior right fielder Brad Johnson and junior catcher Cam O'Brien. Senior shortstop Michael Constantini then drew a two-out walk, but a fly out by junior shortstop Taylor Munden ended the frame.

Johnson and O'Brien led all Mountaineers batters with three hits. O'Brien reached base in all four plate appearances. Junior second baseman Billy Fleming added two hits.

A single through the left side by Zane Gurwitz made it 2-0 in the seventh, plating Hinojosa from second base, who was issued a leadoff walk.

West Virginia put runners on the corners in the bottom of the seventh with one out, but McBroom grounded into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.

Texas starter Nathan Thornhill picked up a no-decision as he only went 4.0 shutout innings. Thornhill allowed seven hits, struck out three and walked one. Reliever Chad Hollingsworth (2-0) took the win, allowing one hit with one walk in 2.0 innings. John Curtiss picked up his eighth save of the season, allowing three hits in the final 3.0 innings with one strikeout.

West Virginia will look to take the series tomorrow as first pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m. The game will be the final game ever played at Hawley Field, as it will also be Senior Day. A link to the live video and live stats is available onWVUsports.com. The radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG College.


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