Marshall travels to Morehead state for midweek match


Ryan Fischer

Marshall University sophomore pitcher Fernando Guerrero throws a pitch during a game earlier this season.

The Marshall University baseball team (13-9) faces Morehead State University (15-9) Wednesday in the teams’ second matchup of the season.

The Herd defeated the Eagles, 6-5, March 15 in 12 innings.

Junior Tommy Lane hit a walk-off home run in the 12th inning to catapult the Herd to its win over the Eagles.

In extra innings against Morehead State, Marshall was powered by strong pitching performances by freshmen Shane Downey and Wade Martin.

Martin made his first collegiate appearance against the Eagles, going two innings with three strikeouts and one hit allowed.

Downey also had a strong outing as he went one inning with two strikeouts and allowed no hits.

While Marshall had seven different pitchers throw in the 12-inning game, starting freshmen pitcher Joshua Shapiro picked up the no decision with 4.1 innings pitched and two strikeouts.

Heston Van Fleet and Burris Warner each threw two innings and Sam Hunter and Tyler Ratliff combined for two-thirds of an inning pitched.

Martin picked up the win for the Herd, while the Eagles’ Seth Boyle was handed his first loss of the season after facing Marshall.

After a competitive first matchup, pitcher JD Hammer said the team is looking forward to handing Morehead State another loss.

“We’ve been playing some great baseball lately as a team,” Hammer said. “And we’re really executing both offensively and defensively. Our bullpen has been doing really well with runners on base and minimizing damage out there.”

Van Fleet, who threw two innings against the Eagles during the teams’ last outing, said he feels confident due to the team’s performance this season.

“We’re really excited even for this midweek game because we’re coming off a great series win over FIU,” Van Fleet said. “And we’re just excited to get back out there and show everyone what kind of team we are this year.”

Morehead State has 15 double-digit hit games this season and is batting .315 as a team. Seven players have batting averages over .300.

Wednesday’s game is set for 4 p.m. at Allen Field in Morehead, Kentucky.

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