Feb. 24, 2018
ELON, N.C.--Marshall Baseball came up just a bit short in a hard fought 3-2 loss to Elon University Saturday at Latham Park.
The Herd was able to pull within one run in the top of the ninth inning, but an excellent day by Elon's starting pitcher Kyle Brnovich--who threw 106 pitches--proved too much for Marshall's batters to overcome.
Elon was first on the board in the bottom of the second inning. An RBI double to center field by Liam O'Regan was enough to score James Venuto from first base before Marshall retired two in a row to bring the second inning to a close down one run.
It was a quiet game for both teams from that point on until Elon was able to expand its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning. James Venuto found his way home again, this time with the company of Joe Satterfield, thanks to a two run homer that gave Elon a 3-0 lead.
The Herd began its comeback bid in the top of the seventh inning when leadoff man Dakota Robbins got on base with a single, then advanced to second on a wild pitch. An RBI single by Peter Hutzal scored Robbins and gave the Herd its first run of the game to bring Marshall within two.
Leadoff man Tucker Linder scored in the ninth with the help of an RBI single by Reynaldo Pastrana, but a fly ball to center field ended the Herd's comeback attempt just one run short as the team fell 3-2.
The Herd finished with two runs on seven hits with no errors. Elon had three runs off of eight hits with no errors.
Marshall's Brad O'Connor was the losing pitcher despite the fact he only allowed one run (earned). O'Connor pitched four innings allowing just four hits and the aforementioned run, he also struck out three batters and walked two.
Elon's Kyle Brnovich picked up the win in an excellent showing, pitching 7.2 innings and allowing five hits, one run (earned), and striking out 11 batters compared to just three walks. Brnovich was pulled with two outs in the seventh inning to a standing ovation from the home crowd.
The loss drops Marshall to 3-2 on the season. The Herd will look for revenge tomorrow in a rubber match at 1 p.m. as Will Ray takes the mound.
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