Feb. 25, 2012
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Thundering Herd baseball team gave up two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Charleston Southern Buccaneers broke a late tie and moved past Marshall for a 6-4 win Saturday evening at Buccaneer Ballpark.
Marshall moved to 2-4 this season, while CSU improved to 4-3.
The Herd, fresh off a much-needed win in game one of the double-header, had a chance at a big inning right out of the gates in game two. In the top of the first, a lead-off single and two walks loaded the bases with no outs, but CSU starter Patrick Dolan settled down to retire the next three and escape the inning without any damage.
The Bucs then took the lead in the bottom half and extended it in the second to go ahead 2-0.
With one out in the top of the third, Marshall again loaded the bases and managed to take the lead thanks to RBIs from Eric Semeniuk and Sergio Leon. Semeniuk would provide a sacrifice fly to right field to plate Andrew Dundon before the Herd would take the lead with a two-out single from Leon.
Charleston Southern, however, provided another immediate answer, scoring twice in its half to regain the lead. It was the sixth time this season the Herd has scored in the top half of the inning and given up runs in the succeeding at-bat.
Nathan Gomez tied the game up in the sixth with a two-out double to right-center, bringing Dundon around to score from first. From there, the Herd only managed one base-runner for the rest of the game, and the Buccaneers tallied two runs in the seventh to surge into the lead once again.
Gomez finished the game 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored. Leon went 1-for-4 with 2 RBIs, and Dundon went 1-for-3 with two runs scored.
Isaac Ballou's lead-off single in the first extended his hit streak to 10 games.
Ryan Hopkins pitched 5.2 innings, gave up two earned (four total), walked two, and struck out three in the no-decision. Matt Margaritonda took the loss, giving up two runs (one earned) in the seventh.
Marshall will finish the four-game series on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.