Bossi hits for cycle as Marshall baseball clinches series win over C-USA foe


Ryan Fischer

Marshall baseball left fielder DJ Gee swings at a pitch in a game earlier this season.

Marshall University baseball took its weekend series over Louisiana Tech University two games to one after a historic performance by senior second baseman Aaron Bossi.

In the series’ rubber match, Bossi hit for the cycle and powered the Herd (15-11, 5-4) to a 10-4 victory. Bossi singled in the first inning, tripled in the second, hit a home run in the fifth and doubled in the sixth to complete the cycle, collecting four RBIs by game’s end.

“That was the first time that I’ve seen in my career to see a cycle,” Marshall head coach Jeff Waggoner said in a press release. “It’s something special, but what makes it even more special is that Bossi did it by the sixth inning. It couldn’t have happened to better guy. He works really hard at the game, and he’s our senior leader, and we look forward to a lot of great things from him throughout the rest of the season.”

Bossi’s single scored the first run of a five-run first inning for the Herd as he scored junior center fielder Corey Bird from second. Following, Bossi’s single, Cory Garrastazu, Sam Finfer and Reynaldo Pastrana reeled off a string of singles as well, which amounted to four more runs.

After Louisiana Tech cut into the lead with a run in the top of the second, Bossi immediately got it back with is triple scoring DJ Gee.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Marshall’s bats continued to connect for extra base hits as Pastrana launched a pitch over the left field wall for his second home run of the season.

Just an inning later, Bossi repeated the feat with his own home run to left for his second of the season to give the Herd an 8-2 advantage.

The Bulldogs attempted to climb back into the contest in the top of the sixth with runners on the corners and no outs, but Herd starter JD Hammer got out of the jam with three straight strikeouts to end the threat.

After Bossi scored Leo Valenti in the sixth with his double, Gee hit an RBI double of his own in the eighth to push the scoreboard to double digits.

Hammer picked up the win for the Herd after pitching six innings and allowing five hits and two earned to go with eight strikeouts.

In the Herd’s other win of the series, Garrastazu provided the spark from the plate as the sophomore right fielder went 4-4 with an RBI.

Gee had only one hit in the contest, but it brought in two runs. First baseman Tommy Lane, third baseman Tyler Ratliff and pinch hitter Ryne Dean also recorded RBIs.

The Herd’s surge in run production came at the optimal moment with the team scoring four of its seven runs in the last two innings.

Chase Boster started on the mound for the Herd and lasted 6.1 innings, giving up seven hits and four earned runs, while recording four strikeouts.

Heston Van Fleet relieved Boster and picked up the win despite pitching jus two-thirds of inning, and Burris Warner picked up his seventh save of the season no-hitting Louisiana Tech over the final two innings.

The Herd’s next contest is 6 p.m. Tuesday against in-state rival West Virginia University in Charleston.