Herd wins slugfest, 19-13
CHARLESTON -- Thirty-two runs, 39 hits, 13 pitchers.
Add it all up and it equals a Marshall Thundering Herd baseball victory.
Marshall overcame a sizable early deficit to defeat No. 19 Houston, 19-13, in a Conference USA victory Friday at Appalachian Park that drew a crowd of 479 spectators and lasted four hours and 18 minutes.
Houston (23-8, 5-2 C-USA) had a 13-4 lead when Marshall went to bat in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Andrew Dundon walked and Nathan Gomez hit a home run to right field that ignited a seven-run Marshall bust in the fourth. Johnathan Beary followed with a two-run single before Sergio Leon unloaded a three-run homer to right-center field.
Marshall (12-17, 2-2) tacked on six more runs in the fifth inning. Eric Escobedo started it with a two-run double, Chase Vogelbach had a run-scoring single, Beary drove in one with a double and Leon finished the rally with a double that scored two more.
Isaac Ballou, Stafford and Escobedo had three hits apiece for Marshall while Leon picked up six RBIs. Kyle Kirk and Frankie Ratcliff, who hit a three-run homer in the second inning, each had three hits for Houston.
The Herd used five pitchers including relievers Kolin Stanley, Matt Margaritonda and Josh King blanked the Cougars over the final five innings. Stanley (1-1) was the winner. Houston put eight pitchers on the mound and reliever Tyler Ford (2-1) took the loss.
Game two of the series is 2:05 p.m., Saturday, followed by a 10 a.m., Sunday, contest to complete the series.
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