WVU Falls to Marshall

  • By Grant Dovey
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  • March 19, 2013 08:55 PM
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia University baseball team fell to Marshall, 8-0, Tuesday evening at Appalachian Power Park in the first in-state meeting between the schools since 1998.

The loss drops WVU to 8-12 on the season and is the team’s third-consecutive loss, while Marshall improves to 9-10.

Thundering Herd staff ace Aaron Blair threw a no-hitter in 6.0 innings of work, striking out 11 and walking four. WVU’s best chance against Blair came in the first inning when the first three WVU batters reached base until he struck out the next three batters.

Josh King earned the save for Marshall, pitching 3.0 innings and allowing two hits with six strikeouts and one walk.

Marshall scored six runs to take a 6-0 lead in the first three innings of the game as two WVU errors proved costly in the first and second innings.

Isaac Ballou scored from second base on what appeared to be a double play ball to second base in the first inning. After getting the force out at second base, shortstop Taylor Munden threw the ball into the stands, allowing Ballou to score.

In the second inning, Sergio Leon hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Chase Vogelbach, and then a throwing error by first baseman Ryan McBroom allowed Aaron Bossi to cross home plate.

A two-run single up the middle by Vogelbach scored Eric Escobedo and Gray Stafford to highlight a three-run third inning for the Thundering Herd, extending the lead to 6-0.

Marshall added two runs in the fifth inning to bring the score to 8-0 as Nathan Gomez and Stafford each scored.

Vogelbach went 2-for-3 to lead Marshall with one run and two RBIs.

WVU used six pitchers with left-handed starter Zach Bargeron went 1.0 inning, allowing one earned run on four hits with one walk. Jared Hill was the most effective reliever for the Mountaineers, allowing one hit in 1.2 innings of relief.

Center fielder Bobby Boyd and second baseman Billy Fleming had the only two hits of the evening for WVU with Boyd hitting an infield single in the eighth and Fleming doubling in the ninth inning. Designated hitter Matt Frazer was hit by two pitches, while right fielder Brady Wilson walked twice.

The Mountaineers return to Appalachian Power Park this weekend, taking on Big 12 opponent Texas Tech from March 22-24. Game one begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, game two begins at 4 p.m. on Saturday and the first pitch for game three is set for 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The games will be video streamed on WVUsports.com, while the radio broadcast will be on select affiliates of the Mountaineer Sports Network, with Morgantown affiliate WAJR 1440 AM serving as the flagship station.

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