Updated Wed, Apr 24, 2013 7:40 pm
It took eight different pitchers, but the Marshall Thundering Herd topped Ohio 4-2 in a rainy day in Huntington, WV.
Slick conditions led to five errors between the two squads, three for Marshall and two for Ohio, and led to a first inning unearned run for Marshall. The Thundering Herd never trailed from that point on.
Marshall tacked on another run in the bottom of the third when senior Isaac Ballou knocked in an RBI double, scoring sophomore Sergio Leon from third.
The Bobcats had two hits in the first three innings and could not get on the board until the top of the fourth. Junior Kyle Dean doubled to left center and during the next at-bat, and senior Ben Otto crushed his first home run on the season to left-center, tying the game at two.
Marshall wasted no time responding to Otto’s blast. Freshman Chase Vogelbach hit a leadoff home run down the left field line, putting Marshall back into the lead, 3-2.
From that point on, Ohio could not manage to bring runners home, stranding four runners on base after Otto’s home run. The Bobcats stranded nine runners on the day.
The Thundering Herd went on to score one more run off of a Alfredo Brito sac fly in the bottom of the sixth.
Josh King came on to close out the game, striking out Cody Gaertner and forcing Nate and Nick Squires to fly out and ground out, respectively.
Five Ohio pitchers allowed 11 hits, struck out seven and walked two Marshall batters.
With the win, Marshall improves to 15-24 (4-8) on the year and will take on Tulane on Wednesday.
Ohio (10-29, 5-10) returns to MAC play when they travel to Muncie, In. to take on Ball State Friday at 3 p.m.