Tallahassee, FL – Marshall Baseball (1-0) got off to a strong start in their season opener defeating Florida A&M (0-1) 17-5 Friday at Moore-Kittles Field.
Marshall got off to a slow start at the top of the first inning with a flyout and a double play, but the scoring started soon after.
In the second inning with one out, Reynaldo Pastrana hit a home run his first at bat of the season. The floodgates opened from there with Tucker Linder and Dakota Robbins getting on base and then scoring off a Geordon Blanton triple on the first bat of his college career.
The third inning brought more scoring. Shane Hanon was the leadoff hitter, and singled to get on base. Reynaldo Pastrana got another hit in his second at bat, this time for a single. Designated Hitter Dakota Robbins then came in and blasted a homer his first bat at the season while also earning 2 RBIs.
FAMU responded in the bottom of the third, scoring two runs to make the score 7-2 thanks to some early batters getting on base and advancing on fly balls to the outfield.
Another home run came in the fourth inning for Marshall, this time off the bat of Andrew Zban, who also scored Erik Rodriguez on the play expanding Marshall’s lead to 9 runs as the fourth inning came to a close.
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Another inning of Herd batters, another homer, Tucker Linder hit the first home run of his career as the leadoff batter in the fifth inning. Marshall scored again in the sixth inning when FAMU pitcher Jamie Grant walked Peter Hutzal with the bases loaded, which allowed Raul Cabrera to score a run.
After a quiet seventh inning that saw three batters in a row retired for Marshall, they exploded in the eighth inning to the tune of six runs to close the book on any comeback attempt with a 14 run lead.
Raul Cabrera was the leadoff hitter and got a base on balls. After a strikeout by Pastrana, Dakota Robbins was hit by a pitch moving runners to first and second base. A mishap by FAMU’s catcher allowed the runners to advance to second and third base respectively. Tucker Linder then singled to left field for two more RBis. Peter Hutzal earned a walk on a full count, and then Geordon Blanton hit a single to load the bases for Marshall. Erik Rodriguez earned another base on balls with the bases loaded giving the Herd a free run.
Andrew Zban then hit a double, scoring scoring Blanton and Hutzal from second and third base and allowing Rodriguez to advance to third. Raul Cabrera, who had already scored once in the inning, then had another at bat in which he singled, scoring Rodriguez. A double play by FAMU finally brought the inning to a close.
FAMU scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, but it was too little too late as the ninth inning was scoreless.
Marshall ended the game with 17 runs off of 18 hits with no errors on defense. FAMU ended the day with 5 runs off of 8 hits with one error.
Wade Martin earned the win pitching four innings. Martin gave up four hits, two earned runs, two walks, and struck out three batters.
FAMU’s Ryan Anderson was handed his first loss of the season in three innings. Anderson gave up eight hits, seven runs (six earned), and stuck out one batter in his season debut.
Marshall and FAMU will be back at it tomorrow at 1p.m. Brad O’Connor will be on the mound for his first start of the 2018 season.