Gee comes up clutch twice with go-ahead RBIs as Marshall baseball takes series against FIU


Ryan Fischer

Marshall second baseman DJ Gee swings at a pitch in a game earlier this season. Gee recorded the go-ahead RBI in both Herd victories over the weekend.

Marshall University baseball won its three-game series with conference foe Florida International University 3-2 over the weekend.

Although the Herd dropped its opening game Thursday 10-5, the team rallied to win the next two contests, 5-4 and 6-5, respectively.

The Herd (13-9, 3-3) had some late-inning fireworks go in its favor in Saturday’s rubber match when second baseman DJ Gee knocked in the go-ahead RBI with a single to right field in the top of the eighth inning.

Gee’s clutch hitting, however, was made possible by a Herd rally as the team quickly fell into a 3-0 hole in the bottom of the first inning. FIU connected for an RBI double to kick off the scoring before adding a two-run homer.

The Herd and Panthers traded a run over the next four innings leaving the Herd trailing 4-1 entering the fifth, where center fielder Corey Bird used a sacrifice fly to drive in a run.

Bird’s RBI was topped in the sixth inning by teammate catcher Sam Finfer, who blasted a two-run home run to right field for his fourth home run of the season, as the Herd tied the game.

Each team added a run in the seventh affording Gee the opportunity to connect on his single and score freshman outfielder Andrew Zban.

Relief pitcher Burris Warner retired the Panthers in the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the series victory, picking up his sixth save of the season.

Freshman pitcher Patrick Murphy earned his third win of the season to take his record to 3-1 after relieving starter J.D. Hammer who pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs and striking out three batters.

Gee’s heroics in the series-deciding game weren’t his only heroics over the weekend, as his performance in the team’s 5-4 win was one of the best of the season by an individual.

Gee went 5-5 at the plate and drove in two RBIs, including the go-ahead run in the eighth inning in what amounted to a forecast of the series’ rubber match. Gee’s single to center in the eighth also left him just a home run shy of hitting for the cycle as he collected a single, double and triple on his banner day.

Warner, similar to Gee, also mirrored his performance in the rubber match off of the series’ second game as he picked up the save.

Caleb Ross picked up his first win of the season for the Herd, despite pitching just a third of an inning after relieving starter Parker Danciu, who allowed three earned runs and struck out six FIU batters.

Marshall will head to Kentucky 4 p.m. Wednesday for a single-game matchup with Morehead State University.