Waggoner wins 171st game as MU baseball coach
SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- It's official.
Jeff Waggoner is now the second winningest baseball coach in Marshall University history.
The Herd's 5-2 win over UTSA at Roadrunner Field Sunday gave Waggoner his 171st win at Marshall. That elevates him to second place in Herd baseball history behind only the venerable Jack Cook, who notched 422 victories in his lengthy, celebrated career.
For now, Waggs will be happy being No. 2.
Particularly since UTSA (24-12,10-5 C-USA) had taken the first two games in the series before Marshall (14-20, 8-9) avoided the sweep.
The Herd got on the board first in the top of the third inning when Robert Fajardo reached base and advanced to second on a UTSA error. True freshman Corey Bird followed with a hit to left field to score Fajardo and give Marshall a 1-0 lead.
Marshall added to its lead in the fifth ininning, capitalizing on two UTSA errors. Fajardo singled and scored again, this time on a Roadrunners' misplay of shortstop Sergio Leon's grounder. The next batter, Andrew Dundon, scored Leon all the way from first on a fielder's choice and the second UTSA error.
The Herd added insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings as Fajardo singled in catcher John Beary in the sixth and designated hitter Chase Vogelbach singled to left to score Dundon in the seventh. The Roadrunners added a pair of late runs, but Marshall had a comfortable lead and held on for the road win.
"It was a good team win and I just try to do anything I can to help us win," Fajardo said. "We have to keep it rolling into this week."
Redshirt sophomore pitcher Lance Elder got the starting nod and the right-hander tossed three innings of four-hit ball.
"It felt right at home like I never missed a beat," Elder said of his first start since starting nine games as a freshman in 2012. "I just want to keep helping the team win anyway possible because at this point wins are what matters."
Reliever Clint Wilson picked up his second win of the season by scattering two hits and striking out a pair during 2.1 innings of work.
Redshirt senior Ryan Hopkins notched his second save of the season.
Marshall returns to action Tuesday when the Herd travels to Akron. The Herd defeated the Zips earlier this season, 5-2.
And in case anyone is counting, Waggoner has only 251 wins to go.
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