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Ballou gives MU walk-off victory

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

CHARLESTON -- It took a bit longer than expected, but Marshall notched an important 4-3 win in the opening game of its Conference USA series with Tulane at Appalachian Power Park on Friday night.

With the bases loaded, clutch senior Isaac Ballou came up with a walk-off single to end the contest in which both teams squandered opportunities to win the game.

Josh King earned the win for Marshall on the mound after retiring the heart of the Tulane order unscathed in the top of the 11th.

Tulane's best chance at a win came in the top of the 10th when the Green Wave had runners on the corners and one out. Marshall pitcher Ryan Hopkins got back-to-back strikeouts to end the threat and keep the Herd alive.

Tulane led 3-1 heading into the fourth, but Aaron Bossi came up clutch for the Herd on Friday night, finishing with three hits, including a two-run single in the fourth inning to knot the game at 3.

Bossi also knocked in the Herd's first run in the bottom of the second to finish with three RBIs on the day.

Following Bossi's fourth-inning, two-run single, both pitching staffs settled in a bit and did not surrender a run despite numerous opportunities for both sides.

Tulane's runs came in its first three at-bats off of Marshall starter Wayland Moore. After scoring a pair in the first inning, the Green Wave tacked on its third run after loading the bases and forcing Moore from the game.

Matt Margaritonda came in and allowed a sacrifice fly, but limited further damage, and the Herd went the final eight at-bats without allowing Tulane to score to earn the win.

The game finished after 11 p.m. on Friday night - just 13 hours before the teams were scheduled to return to Appalachian Power Park for a doubleheader, which starts at noon.

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