CHARLESTON, W.Va– Early inning troubles prove costly for the West Virginia Mountaineers as they fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd 3-2 at Appalachian Power Park on Tuesday.
The Thundering Herd jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Matt Reed knocked in Sergio Leon with a base hit to left field. Robert Fajardo drove in Tyler Ratliff with a hit to center field. Reed then scored on a wild pitch.
Freshman right-hander Shane Ennis (1-3) lasted just two innings giving up three runs on five hits.
Freshman Adam Keller relieved Ennis and tossed six innings of one-hit shutout relief. The right-hander had three strikeouts and walked one.
The Mountaineers (24-18) had two runs on five hits. Marshall (16-27) scored three runs on six hits.
Freshman second baseman Shaun Corso had two of West Virginia’s four hits, including a home run in the sixth.
Corso led off the inning with a blast to left field, his second of the season. Senior shortstop Kyle Davis pulled the Mountaineers within one when he hit a two-out single to left field, scoring senior shortstop Taylor Munden.
Josh King (1-2) pitched 5.2 innings and earned his first win of the season for Marshall. He gave up two runs on four hits, while fanning six.
West Virginia will travel to Radford for a Wednesday matinee.
Radford has won 17 of its last 20 games.