Marshall drops two in double-header

Marshall falls to FAU twice at Appalachian Power Park, Saturday.

CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The Thundering Herd baseball team dropped both games of Saturday’s doubleheader at Appalachian Power Park. Marshall succumbed to a late FAU rally in game one in the eighth inning to fall 3-2. Game two was a slugfest with multiple home runs by both teams, but the Herd came up short in the ninth inning to fall 8-6.

The two losses moved Marshall to .500 on the season at 11-11 (1-7 C-USA). FAU moved to 19-8 (5-3 C-USA).

In game one, third baseman Raul Cabrera led the way offensively for the Herd with two hits, an RBI, and a run while collecting his first home run of the season on a solo shot over the left field wall. Game two saw second baseman Peter Hutzal coming up big for Marshall. Hutzal had two hits, two runs, and four RBIs thanks to two homers, one a solo shot and the other a three-run blast in the third to put the Herd back in the game.

Marshall relief pitcher Gordon Cardenas picked up the loss in game one to move to 3-2 on the season. Cardenas pitched 1 2/3 innings allowing two hits, two runs (two earned), and striking out one batter to go along with two walks. FAU’s Drew Peden picked up the win.

In game two, Zac McNeel took his first loss of the season to move to 0-1. McNeel pitched five innings allowing seven hits, five runs (five earned), and striking out four with three walks. FAU relief pitcher Matt Harris earned the win to move to 1-0 pitching three innings and allowing three hits, one run (earned), and striking out four with no walks.

Marshall took the 1-0 lead in the second inning on the aforementioned solo home run by Cabrera. In the fourth inning, an RBI double by Reynaldo Pastrana scored Shane Hanon from second after Hanon reached on a fielding error to make the score 2-0.

FAU answered in the sixth with an RBI single to cut the lead to 2-1.

Two more runs in the eighth inning was all the Owls needed for the 3-2 victory.

FAU took a 1-0 lead in the first inning of game two. Two more runs in the third gave the Owls a 3-0 lead.

The deficit was quickly erased on a three-run homer by Hutzal in the bottom of the third to deadlock the game at three runs apiece. Hutzal homered again in the fifth to give the Herd a 4-3 lead.

FAU answered with a two-run homer of its own in the sixth to retake the lead 5-4.

Dakota Robbins then hit a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the inning to tie it up 5-5.

Two more FAU homeruns in the seventh and ninth gave the Owls an 8-5 lead in the bottom of the ninth. Marshall was able to get one run in, but the deficit was too much to overcome and the Herd fell 8-6.

The Herd finished game one with two runs off of five hits and no errors. FAU had three runs off four hits with two errors. In game two Marshall had six runs off seven hits with one error, while FAU had eight runs off of 11 hits with no errors.

Up next the Thundering Herd travels to Kentucky for a midweek home and home series against Morehead State before a weekend series against Middle Tennessee on the road.

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