Bulldogs Fall Short in 7-6 Loss to Marshall
May 14, 2015
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech had multiple chances to spoil an early Marshall lead, but the Bulldogs came up short in a 7-6 loss to the Thundering Herd in the series opener Thursday night at J.C. Love Field at Pat Patterson Park.
Both teams combined for 27 hits, but it was Marshall (19-31, 11-17 C-USA) that put up three runs late and held off a ninth-inning rally by LA Tech (24-26, 7-20 C-USA) to take a 1-0 series lead over the Bulldogs. The series resumes at 6 p.m. Friday in Ruston.
In his final start as a Bulldog, Phil Maton struck out 10 Herd batters and walked just one, but Marshall did strike for 14 hits off the right-hander and scored seven runs in the senior's six innings on the mound. Maton (4-4) was charged with the loss for LA Tech. Braden Bristo came on in the seventh and allowed two hits in a third of an inning before Adam Derouen came on and held Marshall scoreless on just one hit in the final 2.2 innings of relief work.
Chase Boster (7-1) picked up the win for the Thundering Herd after leaving the game with the lead in the seventh. Boster gave up five runs on seven base hits, while striking out three in six full innings. Caleb Ross came on to face three batters and issued a walk before making way for Kolin Stanley, who pitched the next 2.1 innings and gave up a run on three hits. Clint Wilson earned his third save of the season after coming on to record the final out of the game for Marshall.
With two away in the third, Marshall started a two-out rally and took a 2-0 lead over LA Tech thanks to three stolen bases in the inning and RBI singles by Corey Bird and DJ Gee.
The Bulldogs bit bat in the bottom half of the fourth when Taylor Love and Bre'shon Kimbell reached on a lead-off walk and hit by pitch to set up a three-run home run by Zac Burger, his third long ball in the last five games, to give LA Tech a 3-2 lead.
Marshall tied the game in the fifth on another RBI single by Gee before the Herd took a 4-3 lead over Tech in the sixth on a solo home run to left by shortstop Sergio Leon. The Thundering Herd followed up by extending their lead to four runs in the seventh after sending eight batters to the plate to score three runs on six base knocks. Both Chad Roberts and Tyler Ratliff combined to drive in all three runs in that inning for the Herd.
Jacob Derouen led off the bottom of the seventh with a solo shot of his own, which Thomas Simoneaux and Chandler Hall followed up with singles to threaten Marshall's lead. Colby Johnson earned a walk to load the bases before Love was hit by a pitch to bring home Simoneaux and cut the lead to two. With the bases still loaded and one out, LA Tech failed to capitalize and ended the inning trailing, 7-5.
LA Tech began a ninth-inning rally with back-to-back doubles by Johnson and Love, which led to an RBI single by Taylor Nichols to make it a one-run ballgame with two outs and runners on the corners. With the Bulldogs needing a run to tie and two to win, Wilson came in to pitch for Marshall and earned the save by striking out Burger to end the game.
LA Tech totaled 10 hits on the night compared to 17 by Marshall, while each team stranded nine baserunners in the series opener. Burger recorded three RBIs with his home run in the fourth, while Love and Hall each had two hits apiece for the Bulldogs.
Bird led the Thundering Herd with a 4-for-5 night at the plate, while Gee totaled three hits, two RBIs and a pair of stolen bases to pace Marshall's offense.
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