March 28, 2017
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - The Marshall baseball team fell, 6-3, to the Eastern Kentucky Colonels in a midweek game Tuesday afternoon at Kennedy Center Field on Route 2.
It was a pitcher's duel through the first four innings of the ballgame. Marshall (11-11) only allowed three hits, while EKU (14-12) surrendered one hit.
The scoreless tie was broken in the top of the fifth inning. Eastern Kentucky's catcher Alex Holderbach led off with a single to left field. He moved over to second on a ground out. Right fielder Nick Howie put runners on the corners for the Colonels with an infield single. After a Ryland Kerr strikeout, Marshall catcher Reynaldo Pastrana attempted to pick-off Howie at first. Howie was caught in a rundown situation, which allowed Holderbach to steal home, as Howie returned to first safely. In the ensuing at-bat, center fielder Daniel McFarland hit a two-run homer to right field.
Marshall had a quick response for EKU with three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. Left fielder Damian Rodriguez singled to center field with one out. He would be out at second during the next at-bat as Leo Valenti grounded into a fielder's choice. Will Ray kept the inning alive with a single to center field. After a pitching change by the Colonels, Tyler Ratliff knocked in Valenti from second with a single up the middle. Hanon followed by driving in Ray and Ratliff with a double to right center field.
Eastern Kentucky broke the 3-all tie in the top of the sixth by scoring three runs. The Colonels scored its first run by a walk with the bases loaded. In the next at-bat, Kerr singled through the right side to score left fielder Shea Sullivan. McFarland drove in the final run by being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
The Herd was led at the plate by Hanon, Ratliff and Cory Garrastazu. Hanon improved his hitting streak to six games by going 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBIs. Ratliff was 1-for-3 with a single and a RBI. Garrastazu increased his team-leading reached base safely streak to 10 games by going 2-for-4.
Starting pitcher Brad O'Connor (1-2) suffered the loss for the Thundering Herd. The Springfield, Ore., native went 5.2 innings and allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits. He had five strikeouts and one walk. Jacob Bradley, Parker Beine, Hunter Sexton and Mark Meyer combined for 3.1 shutout innings in relief.
Bryan Quillens (2-2) earned the win in relief for the Colonels.
Marshall returns to the diamond this weekend as it welcomes Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee to Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, W.Va. The series is scheduled to begin Friday at 6 p.m. It will continue Saturday at 6 p.m. and concludes Sunday at 1 p.m.