March 13, 2016
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall baseball clinched its second-straight series sweep on Sunday off an offensive outburst to power past the Brown Bears, 14-0, at the Kennedy Center Field on Route Two.
With the win, the Herd moves to 8-6 overall this season, while the Bears drop to 1-6. This is the first four-game series sweep of an opponent since WVU Tech in 2014, while this is the first time Marshall has had back-to-back series sweeps since 2008 (Valparaiso, VMI).
Marshall thundered out to begin the game in the bottom of the first with three runs on two hits. After a Corey Bird walk (Elkview, W.Va.), senior DJ Gee (Seattle, Wash.) connected on a two-run home run. It was Gee's first homer of the season. Later in the inning, Ryne Dean (Fresno, Calif.) doubled to center field that scored Aaron Bossi (St. Louis, Mo.) from second.
The Herd continued its offensive onslaught in the second with seven runs. With runners on the corners and one out, Andrew Zban (Huntington, W.Va.) scored the first run on a wild pitch. A few pitches later, Gee singled to left field that scored Leo Valenti (Olympia, Wash.). Later in the inning, Bossi singled through the left side to bring Gee around the base path. With the bases loaded, Tyler Ratliff (Alexandria, Va.) was walked to score Tommy Lane (Pendleton, Ore.). Marshall went on to bat around the lineup, as Zban came back up to bat and delivered with a two RBI single to left field. Through two innings of play, Marshall led 10-0.
In the fourth inning, the Herd added two more runs off back-to-back home runs to right field from Cory Garrastazu (Miami, Fla.) and Billy Sager (Kenova, W.Va.).
Sager's day wouldn't be done, as in the sixth he singled down the right field line to score Zban from second. In the next at-bat, Reynaldo Pastrana (Miami, Fla.) singled to right field for an RBI that scored Valenti.
The game was called in the seventh due to rain.
On the mound for Marshall was junior Parker Danciu (Palm Beach, Fla.), who picked up his second win in three appearances. Danciu went five innings with five hits allowed and three strikeouts. In relief for Danciu was Sam Hunter (Ashland, Ky.) and Shane Downey (Akron, Ohio). Both Hunter and Downey went one inning with one hit allowed.
Quotes by Head coach Jeff Waggoner
On the team's outlookÃ¢â'¬Â¦
"It's about getting confidence. We're not concerned about wins or loses right now, but obviously winning is important. Playing well is what I want my team to have going into conference play, including this upcoming week against a great Southern Miss team."
"It was all about our defense and starting pitching that we got this weekend. The team is starting to buy into our philosophy. They're getting their confidence again. It was just a good weekend. We played well, but we have some great teams coming up and we need to play well against Morehead and have good practices before the Southern Miss series."
Marshall returns to Kennedy Center Field for a single-game midweek battle against the Morehead State Eagles. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.