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Herd baseball team falls to Wildcats 8-2

Mar. 28, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Eighth-ranked Kentucky rallied from a two-run deficit after three innings and recorded an 8-2 baseball victory Wednesday over the Marshall Thundering Herd at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Kentucky (19-5) scored twice in the fourth inning, twice in the fifth, three in the sixth and one in the eighth.

Marshall took the lead in the first inning when Andrew Dundon singled and Gray Stafford drove him in with another single.

The Thundering Herd (10-13) also scored in the third inning. Isaac Ballou drew a leadoff walk, Dundon singled and Nathan Gomez picked up an RBI with a ground-out.

Kentucky collected eight hits against five Marshall pitchers. Herd reliever Matt Margaritonda (0-4) took the loss.

Greg Fettes of the Wildcats reached base safely in all four trips to the plate and collected a pair of hits. Matt Reida also had two hits. Reida and Zac Zellers both had a pair of RBIs.

Dundon was 3-for-5 to lead the Herd, which had 10 hits against six Kentucky pitchers. Eric Escobedo and David Diaz-Fernandez both added two hits.

Marshall begins its Conference USA schedule with a 4:05 p.m., Friday, game against UAB at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston.

SOFTBALL

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall pitcher Andi Williamson pitched a two-hitter and also picked up a save Wednesday in a softball doubleheader sweep of Wright State at Dot Hicks Field.

Marshall (20-12) won the first game, 2-0, with Williamson ringing up 12 strikeouts. Williamson pitched two inning of relief in the second game, a 6-4 victory.

Williamson (19-11) topped Krystian DeWitt (2-7), who allowed just four hits.

Shaelynn Braxton knocked in both runs in the opener with a fifth-inning single.

Game two was more of a hitter's affair with both the Herd and Raiders (3-18) getting 10 hits.

Kaelynn Greene and Kristina Braxton both went 3-for-3 for Marshall while Jazzmine Valle had two hits. Shaelynn Braxton added one hit and two more RBIs.

Halie Vance pitched the first four innings and got the win.

Marshall returns to Conference USA play Friday against Memphis in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

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