Herd falls to Eastern Ky.
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Hitting was sparse Wednesday for the Marshall University baseball team.
Eastern Kentucky defeated Marshall, which had just seven hits, 10-3, in a non-conference game at Turkey Hughes Field. Eastern Kentucky had only six hits against seven Marshall pitchers.
The Colonels of the Ohio Valley Conference stopped a losing streak at eight games and improved to 6-19 while the Thundering Herd fell to 11-17.
Eastern Kentucky put five runs up in the fourth inning when Kenny Nostrander hit a two-run single and Doug Teegarden added a two-RBI double.
After the Colonels pulled away 10-0 with three runs in the seventh inning, the Herd broke through.
Marshall outfielder Isaac Ballou singled in the eighth inning and took second base on a throwing error. Ballou moved to third base and scored on passed balls.
First baseman Nathan Gomez led off the Marshall ninth inning with a single and moved up on a wild pitch. Eric Escobedo was hit by a pitch and Chase Vogelbach reached base on a fielder's choice, with Escobdo thrown out. Johnathan Beary's double drove in both runners.
Ballou reached base safely for the 20th consecutive game. Gomez and Travis Myers both had two hits.
Eastern Kentucky starting pitcher Eric Nerl (1-1) went three innings and got the win. Nick Bozman pitched the final three innings and recorded his first save. Marshall reliever Kolin Stanley (0-1) took the loss.
Marshall's next action is a Conference USA weekend series against No. 19 Houston at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston. Games are Friday and Saturday at 2:05 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.