Gee, Bossi, Lane power Herd to weekend series victory over Charlotte


Ryan Fischer

Marshall second baseman DJ Gee swings at a pitch in a game earlier this season.

Marshall University baseball took its weekend series against the University of North Carolina at Charlotte two games to one.

The Herd (21-16, 10-8) won the first two games of the series Friday and Saturday, 7-2 and 10-5, respectively, before falling in the final game Sunday, 5-0.

In the opening game, senior pitcher Chase Boster delivered a gem on the mound as he tied a career-high with seven strikeouts over the course of seven innings while allowing six hits and just one earned run.

After a scoreless first two innings, the Herd broke through in the top of the third to score the first runs of the game when a DJ Gee double to right field brought in shortstop Leo Valenti and right fielder Robert Fajardo.

Charlotte got a run back in the third inning, but left two runners on base after Boster retired the inning’s final three batters.

Marshall scored three more runs in the fifth to extend its lead to 5-1 after senior Aaron Bossi knocked a three-RBI double down the line, scoring Tommy Lane, Gee and Valenti who scored his second run of the game.

The offensive surge continued into the sixth when Marshall added two more runs to essentially put the game away with a six-run lead and Boster rolling. Corey Bird got into the act for the Herd with a two-RBI single.

Although Bird, Bossi and Gee provided the bases-clearing hits, the Herd got a solid performance from the bottom of the order where Fajardo registered two hits in three at-bats and Valenti reached base in three of his four plate appearances.

The power hitting of Gee and Bossi carried over to the Herd’s second victory, while Lane continued his season-long efficacy at the plate as well.

The trio struck in the top half of the first inning with Lane scoring Gee on a single to right center after Gee doubled down the line. Bossi then scored Lane when he fired a two-run home run down the line, giving the Herd a 3-0 lead.

Lane added another run in the third with a solo homer, and Herd starter Parker Danciu got into a rhythm with four scoreless innings through the fifth after allowing a run in the bottom half of the first.

In the fifth, Marshall’s big bats found its groove again with Lane notching an RBI fly out that scored Valenti, who had advanced to third off a Gee single. After Gee stole second, Bossi singled for to collect his third RBI of the game and give the Herd a 6-1 lead. Danciu conceded three runs in the sixth and seventh innings to cut the lead to two runs, but the Herd picked up a run in the eighth with an RBI double from Tyler Ratliff.

The Herd put the finishing touches on its victory with a three-run ninth inning, which was highlighted by a two-run bomb from Gee. Patrick Murphy pitched the final two innings in a relief effort to get the save and secure the third win of the season for Danciu, who pitched seven innings, striking out four and giving up four earned runs.

The Herd bats went dead in the series finale with the team recording only one hit in 26 at-bats, a leadoff single by Bird to start the game. The Herd had just three runners reach base for the rest of the game, and without any run support the pitching cracked in the fifth inning with starter Joshua Shapiro giving up four runs.

The Herd’s next contest will be a road trip to Morgantown Tuesday  to take on in-state rival West Virginia University for the second time this season.