Herd baseball team earns split vs. Southern Miss
CHARLESTON -- Marshall scored a run on a balk in the eighth inning to get a cushion and this time the pitching held up as the Thundering Herd beat Southern Miss, 5-3, Saturday to gain a split in their Conference USA baseball doubleheader at Appalachian Power Park.
The Golden Eagles (9-11, 2-1 C-USA) struck for five runs in the top of the first in the opener, belted three homers, and went on to win, 9-5, to lock up a series win. They scored three times in the top of the ninth Friday to rally for a 3-1 victory.
Leadoff hitter Andrew Dundon went 3-for-4, drove in two runs and scored twice for Marshall in the second game.
Southern Miss scored a run each in the first and second (homer by Austin Roussel) for a 2-0 lead, but the Thundering Herd (6-12, 3-3 C-USA) took the lead for good with three in the third. Dundon brought in the first two with a double to left. Dundon then scored when Chase Vogelbach reached on an error.
Matt Reed came up with an RBI single in the fifth for a 4-2 lead. The Golden Eagles cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh thanks to a run-scoring single by Matt Durst, but that would be it for the visitors.
Herd starter Matt Margaritonda, coming off a route-going performance in a win at East Carolina last Sunday, got through 6.1 innings Saturday. The C-USA pitcher of the week allowed three runs on four hits, struck out six and walked four. Caleb Ross came in, but retired no one. Ryan Hopkins came on, went 2.2 innings, allowed just a hit and struck out three to get his first save.
Dundon finished the day with five hits, four runs scored and two RBI.
Marshall's next game is 4 p.m. Tuesday against in-state rival West Virginia at Appalachian Power Park.