April 22, 2018
BECKLEY, W.Va.-The Thundering Herd baseball team fell to Louisiana Tech Sunday in the team's series finale at Linda K. Epling Stadium. Five unearned runs allowed by three Marshall errors was too much for the Herd to overcome against one of the conference's top teams.
The loss moves The Herd to 17-20 (5-13 C-USA) on the season. Louisiana Tech improved to 29-13 (13-5 C-USA).
Reynaldo Pastrana led the way for the Herd offensively with a team-high two hits, one run, and one RBI coming off a solo home run. Erik Rodriguez also homered for the first time in his Marshall career in the seventh inning, finishing the day with a hit, run, and RBI.
Starting pitcher Zac McNeel moved to 1-3 on the season with the loss. McNeel pitched six innings allowing eight hits, seven runs (five earned), and walking four with three strikeouts. Bulldog's starter Logan Bailey earned the win to move to 7-1. Bailey pitched five inning allowing three hits, one run (earned), and walking one batter while striking out three others.
The Bulldogs built up a five run lead over the course of the first 3 1/2 innings, putting up two runs in the first, one in the second, and two in the fourth.
Marshall responded in the bottom of the fourth inning with a leadoff solo home run by Pastrana to make it a 5-1 game.
Louisiana Tech added two more runs in the sixth inning and five in the seventh to make it 12-1 and threaten The Herd with the run rule.
Rodriguez's first homer of the season in the bottom of the seventh and an RBI single by Will Ray to score Tucker Linder, who reached on a double, put any thoughts of a shortened day for the Bulldogs to rest.
Neither team was able to score in the final two innings and Louisiana Tech walked out of Beckley with a 12-3 victory and the series sweep.
Marshall finished the day with three runs off of nine hits with three errors. Louisiana Tech had 12 runs off 12 hits with one error.
Up next the Herd is set to take on WVU in the Capital Classic Diamond Edition Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, West Virginia.