Thundering Herd tops Fla. Atlantic
BECKLEY, W.Va. -- Marshall scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull away for a 5-0 win over Florida Atlantic in Conference USA baseball Friday at Epling Stadium.
The Thundering Herd (10-17, 6-6 C-USA) used four pitchers with Clint Wilson getting his first win with 2.1 innings of scoreless work.
Marshall scored in the sixth on a double by Robert Fajardo and RBI single by Andrew Dundon. In the decisive seventh, Matt Reed and Sergio Leon each had an RBI sacrifice fly. The third run was unearned. In the eighth, T.J. Diffenderfer belted a triple to deep right and scored on Reed's single.
Aaron Bossi had two hits for the Herd.
The Owls (16-13, 4-9 C-USA) meet again Saturday at 7 p.m. The finale is noon Sunday. The is the first time the two schools have met in baseball.
ROCK HILL, S.C. -- No. 71 Marshall won the doubles point, but No. 62 Winthrop took four of six matches in singles to defeat the Thundering, 4-3, on Friday at Memorial Courts.
The Eagles won the first three singles matches for a 3-1 lead. Kai Broomfield and Rachel Morales prevailed in their matches to get the Thundering Herd (11-6) even at 3-3. At No. 5, Ekin Gunaysu beat Karli Timko 6-3 in the third set to win it for Winthrop (12-4).
"I just felt like we weren't up to the task today as we were in a position to win, but weren't able to be successful," Herd coach John Mercer said. "Now we just have to come back, regroup and ready to play hard in every spot if we want to be competitive. I just think we kind of shot ourselves in the foot today."
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Marshall begins a three-game series against Conference USA foe Middle Tennessee State with a doubleheader Saturday. First pitch is at 1 p.m. The Thundering Herd (12-23, 3-6 C-USA) and the Blue Raiders (7-29, 2-9 C-USA) wrap up play Sunday at noon.
RICHMOND, Ky. -- Marshall's Rachel Thompson is tied for the individual lead after the first round of the Colonel Classic on the par-72 Arlington Country Club. She posted a 76 to share first with Malika Allie of USC Upstate.
Other Thundering Herd scores are Gabby Marcum 83, Korakot Simsiriwong 85, Sarah Helly 85 and Natalie Irwin 88. That leaves the Herd tied for seventh at 329.
"Rachel played steady for the majority of the round," Marshall coach Meredith Knight Rowsey said. "She said she had never played in wind like this before, so to be where she is tells me that everything is coming together for her."
Host Eastern Kentucky shot 313 and leads by two shots over Xavier.
Due to rain, the tournament format changed. Teams played an 18-hole round Friday and finish Saturday with another 18-hole round.
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