Herd's King sees shutout turn into loss in ninth inning
CHARLESTON -- In its home opener against last season's C-USA co-champion, Marshall baseball's Josh King tossed a gem over eight innings of work. Unfortunately there are nine innings in baseball. King held the Golden Eagles scoreless over eight innings of work before allowing three runs to touch in the top of the ninth giving Southern Miss (8-10, 1-0) a 3-1 win over Marshall (5-11, 2-2).
King was dominating throughout the game as he scattered four hits over eight innings of work while striking out seven batters. However, the pitching staff for the Golden Eagles was equally impressive as they used five pitchers en route to the win.
Southern Miss starting pitcher Christian Tally worked five innings before handing the ball to the bullpen. He retired nine Herd hitters via strikeout as he never allowed Marshall to find any rhythm offensively. The only run scored by the Herd was unearned as Cory Garrastazu gave Marshall a 1-0 in the bottom of the first after he advanced on a throwing error by Tally.
King toed the rubber for the final stanza but loaded the bases after failing to record an out. He handed the ball to Ryan Hopkins who would induce a ground ball to third baseman Aaron Bossi that led to the first out of the inning on a force out at the plate.
Caleb Ross took the ball from Hopkins only to give up a one-out 2-RBI double that put the Golden Eagles on top for good. Colin Stanley finished out the contest for the Herd but allowed one final to touch on a sacrifice fly to left.
Marshall's John Berry led the ninth off with a pinch-hit walk but the Herd would fail to complete the comeback as the team drops its second game this season when leading headed to the final inning.
Due to inclement weather predicted Sunday, a double-header will be played Saturday beginning at 1 p.m.
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