Marshall baseball shuts down UNC-Wilmington 1-0

February 26, 2019

WILMINGTON, N.C.—Marshall’s pitching staff combined on a four-hit shutout of host UNC-Wilmington in a 1-0 win in the final game of the Hughes Bros. Challenge in Wilmington, North Carolina, on Sunday afternoon.

The game s lone run came in the sixth inning when Erik Rodriguez reached on a bunt single and stole second. Rodriguez, who finished 2-for-3 with two stolen bases, then scored on a single up the middle by Shane Hanon to give the Herd all the run support it would need.

Starter Zac McNeel went 4 2/3 innings before giving way to reliever Patrick Murphy, who recorded the final out to escape a jam in the fifth.

From there, Murphy combined with Robert Kwiatkowski and Michael Guerrero to allow just two hits the rest of the way as the Herd evened its record at 4-4 on the year.

The loss spoiled a strong performance from UNC-Wilmington starter Gage Herring, who allowed four hits while striking out nine in five innings. Reliever Justin Walke took the loss after allowing the run in the sixth.

Zasch Inskeep also had two hits for the Herd, who earned its second-consecutive win.

In Saturday’s late action, Marshall defeated Iona, 8-3, in a fog-shortened contest.

Starting pitcher Brady Cho-ban went the first 4.2 innings against Iona, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out six. Sam Boone relieved Choban in the fifth inning and picked up the victory.

Marshall put up five runs in the fifth inning on four hits and was the beneficiary of three errors by the Gaels. Rodriguez and Hanon had doubles in the inning that accounted for three of the Herd’s runs.

Zach Inskeep hit a massive home run through the fog in the sixth inning. Inskeep was the last batter before the game was called because of fog.


CHARLESTON, S.C. — Marshall suffered a hard-luck 2-1 loss to Appalachian State in the final game of the Holy City Showdown in Charleston, South Carolina, on Sunday.

With the loss, Marshall falls to 10-5 while Appalachian State moved to 8-3 on the year.

“I thought Appalachian State played a tough game and made some really great defensive plays and we weren’t able to push the ball through offensively,” Marshall head coach Megan Smith said. “I thought (Abigail) Tolbert did a great job. But, I thought for us to hit the way we did yesterday and then come out today and not execute the way we wanted too was disappointing. We need to work on getting more consistent offensively.

Appalachian State took the lead with a run in the third inning, but Marshall was able to counter in the sixth when Chloe Lee scored on a throwing error to knot the score.

That tie game would be shortlived, however, as the Mountaineers plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the frame.

The Herd had just two hits in the loss. Pitcher Abby Tolbert took the loss despite recording a career-high eight strikeouts. Tolbert allowed two runs on five hits.

On Saturday, Sierra Huerta, Aly Harrell, Katie Adams and Briana Daiss each had two RBIs as Marshall belted host Charleston Southern, 10-0, in five innings.

Harrell had a two-run double and Daiss blasted a two-run home run in the second inning when Marshall scored seven times.

Kailee Williamson pitched a five-inning complete game. She allowed only one hit, walked three and struck out five.

Marshall returns to the field with its first home game of the 2019 season on Wednesday, Feb. 27, against the Ohio Bobcats. First pitch for the single game is set for 3 p.m.