Herd baseball crushed 13-0 on the road by Morehead State


Ryan Fischer

The Marshall University baseball team huddles together after a game earlier this season. The team’s 13-0 loss Wedensday was its second largest margin of defeat this season. The team’s next contest will be 6 p.m. Thursday at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

Marshall University baseball fell flat Wednesday as it was shutout by Morehead State University in a 13-0 blowout loss on the road.

The Herd (13-10, 3-3) were lacking at the plate, totaling just seven hits in 31 at-bats for a .226 average, but were even worse on the mound yielding 15 hits and 13 earned runs.

Starting pitcher Joshua Shapiro was shelled over the course of 5.2 innings giving up 10 hits and 10 earned runs.

Shapiro’s struggles began early as the Eagles scored five runs in the bottom of the first inning. Shapiro made it through the first two-thirds of the inning unscathed as far as runs, but the Eagles reeled off three straight singles and a three-run home run before Shapiro could secure the final out.

After a three up, three down inning for the Herd at the plate, Morehead State added three more runs in the bottom of the second after another three-run homer.

Shapiro steadied himself after a rough start to the game allowing just one hit and zero runs over the next three innings.

However, the Herd offense was unable to take advantage despite its leadoff batter reaching base in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Third baseman Tyler Ratliff led off the top of the third inning with a single, but the Herd couldn’t muster anymore offense with second baseman DJ Gee striking out to end the inning.

First baseman Tommy Lane mirrored Ratliff’s hitting in the fourth inning, reaching base on a single to right field. However, once again the Herd came up empty, grounding into a double play to end the inning.

The Herd’s best chance to cut into the lead came in the fifth inning as the bases were loaded with two outs, but Gee popped up to end the threat.

Shapiro was relieved in the sixth inning by Wade Martin after he gave up two more runs and hit a batter.

Ratliff came on to pitch in the eighth inning and conceded three more runs on five hits.

Ratliff, however, led the Herd offensively going 3-3 at the plate. Both Lane and catcher Sam Finfer also added two hits, but the rest of the Herd batting order went a combined 0-21.

Hunter Fain and Trevor Snyder led the Eagles in the victory as both collected three RBIs and went a combined 5-9.

Luke Humphreys picked up the win for the Eagles as he pitched six innings, allowing four hits and striking out six Marshall batters.

Marshall baseball will have the chance to quickly atone for its loss, as it will be back in action 6 p.m. Thursday when it takes on Louisiana Tech University at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.