Herd baseball sweeps Eastern Michigan

March 10, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Marshall University baseball swept a Saturday doubleheader from Eastern Michigan, 6-1 and 8-5, at George Smailes Field.

Marshall (7-5) scored six unanswered runs in the first game including an RBI triple from Zach Inskeep in the fifth inning and Tucker Linder’s first home run this season in the sixth inning.

Starting pitcher Joshua Shapiro went five innings, giving up one unearned run, four hits and five walks with five strike outs. Patrick Murphy earned his first save of the season.

In the second game the Thundering Herd scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning with an RBI single by Inskeep and a two-run double by Linder who scored on a single by Elvis Peralta. Inskeep hit his fourth homer of the season in the second inning to bring in two runs and Linder homered in the third inning.

Zac McNeel earned his first win of the year with 4 1/3 innings pitched, allowing four runs on three hits with three walks with six strikeouts. Sam Boone recorded a save.

Marshall will finish the four game set with Eastern Michigan Sunday with a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m.


FAIRFAX, Va. — Kailee Williamson pitched a two-hitter Saturday for Marshall in a 6-1 softball victory against Lafayette at the Cherry Blossom Classic.

Williamson (5-0 )rang up seven strikeouts and walked one.

Sierra Huerta had two hits, including her second home run this season, and drove in two runs. Hannah Giammarino had three hits, scored once, stole one base and had one RBI.

Marshall improved to a 16-5 record and the Leopards fell to 1-6.

Soggy field conditions caused a change to the Sunday schedule. Marshall plays Monmouth at 10 a.m. and host George Mason at 12:15 p.m.


PINEHURST, N.C. — Marshall moved up two places to seventh in Saturday’s second round of the Pinehurst Intercollegiate men’s golf tournament.

Davidson College leads by 20 strokes ahead of second-place Radford. Clayton Tribus of Davidson holds the individual lead at 1-over par after shooting 67-72—139.

Cole Moore leads Marshall in 10th place at 76-72 — 148.

Other Thundering Herd players are Cameron Root (76-74 —150), Matt Hoffman (74-79 —153), Will Straub (76-77 — 153) and Ben Roeder (78-79—157).

The final round is Sunday.