Herd's King sees shutout turn into loss in 9th inning
CHARLESTON -- In its home opener against last season's Conference-USA co-champion in baseball, Marshall's Josh King tossed a gem over eight innings of work. Unfortunately there are nine innings in a game.
King held Southern Miss scoreless over eight innings before allowing three runs to come home in the top of the ninth as the Golden Eagles rallied for a 3-1 victory over the Thundering Herd on Friday at Appalachian Power Park.
King gave up just four hits and struck out seven. However, Golden Eagles pitcher kept scoring to a minimum as well.
Southern Miss starter Christian Tally went the first five innings, then handed the ball over to the bullpen. He retired nine Herd hitters via strikeout as Marshall batters failed to find any rhythm offensively.
Marshall scored its run in the sixth. Cory Garrastazu led off with a single, advanced to second on a walk to Andrew Dundon and scored on a Southern Miss fielding error.
In the ninth, the Golden Eagles loaded the bases on King. Ryan Hopkins came on in relief and he got a grounder to third and Aaron Bossi threw home for the force out. Caleb Ross then took over for King and he surrendered a two-run pinch-hit double by Breck Kline to put the visitors ahead for good. Kline is 3-for-3 in pinch-hit appearances this season. Nick Dawson then lofted a sacrifice fly to left to complete the scoring.
Pinch-hitter John Beary reached on a walk to start the Herd's ninth, but Bradley Roney got the three outs for his sixth save and 24th of his career. He's now third all-time in that category in school history.
This is the second the Herd went down after taking a lead into the ninth.
Southern Miss helped its cause by turning a season-high four double plays. The Golden Eagles had one each to end the seventh, eighth and ninth innings.
Due to the weekend weather forecast, the teams will play a doubleheader Saturday starting at 1 p.m.
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