Herd baseball wins series
HUNTINGTON — Marshall’s baseball team continued its strong start to the Conference USA season, winning its third straight series to open conference play after clinching a series with a 7-0 win over Middle Tennessee at George T. Smailes Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Herd used a solid pitching performance and the strength of timely hitting to earn a 7-0 win over Middle Tennessee on getaway day in Huntington.
Marshall got all the run support it would need in the third inning when the Herd plated three runs against the Blue Raiders’ pitching staff.
While the game did not feature many extra-base hits, the Herd was able to scrap together several hits to small-ball its way to a win on Sunday and earn the series win over the Blue Raiders.
Elvis Peralta led the charge, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to lead a middle of the lineup that produced consistently for the Herd in the win.
In addition to the three-run third inning, Marshall (17-10, 6-3 C-USA) plated two runs in each of the fifth and seventh innings to distance itself in the victory.
After starter Wade Martin exited after one inning, reliever Ryan Falls entered and pitched five innings of one-hit baseball with five strikeouts to earn the win on the mound for the Herd.
Marshall was able to get to Middle Tennessee starter Zach Kennan for seven runs - six earned - while amassing 13 hits on a chilly day at the YMCA Kennedy Center.
Peralta was aided by two hits from Tucker Linder, and Rey Pastrana while Andrew Zban also had a three-hit day and two RBIs in the win.