Stafford leads Marshall to win over Morehead, 4-1
BECKLEY -- Marshall Thundering Herd right fielder Gray Stafford had a big bat Tuesday in a 4-1 baseball defeat of Morehead State at Linda K. Epling Stadium.
A crowd of 79 spectators attended the Marshall "home" game.
Marshall (17-26) got on the scoreboard in the third inning
Shortstop Sergio Leon was hit by a pitch, sole second, went to third on an Andrew Dundon infield single and scored on a wild pickoff attempt at first base. Stafford lifted a triple to left-center field that scored Dundon. Isaac Ballou followed with an RBI single to left field.
The Herd went ahead 4-0 when Stafford hit a solo home run to left field.
Morehead State (15-31) scored in the seventh inning on a Taylor Sears RBI single.
Herd first baseman Nathan Gomez led off the eighth inning with a triple and was left stranded at third base.
Stafford and Dundon both had two hits.
Marshall starting pitcher Chase Boster (3-4) got the win after going 6.0 innings. Boster allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three.
Reliever Matt Margaritonda struck out two of the three hitters he faced in the ninth inning and recorded his fourth save of the season. He struck out Duran Elmore swinging, retired Bobby Lewis on a ground ball and whiffed Kellen Begeman swinging to end the game.
Six of the Eagles' eight hits came from first baseman Kane Sweeney (3-for-3 with a walk), who extended his reached base streak to 37 consecutive games, and outfielder Brandon Rawe (3-for-4).
Tyler Keele (3-6) started on the mound for the Eagles and took the loss.
Marshall has another non-conference game Wednesday against Eastern Kentucky, a 3 p.m. contest at V.A. Memorial Stadium in Chillicothe, Ohio.
The Herd goes to Memphis for a weekend Conference USA series beginning Friday.
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