TULANE SWEEPS HERD: Five errors and a shaky bullpen doomed Marshall to a 7-3 loss to Tulane, giving the Green Wave a sweep of the doubleheader Saturday at Appalachian Power Park.
Tulane (22-22, 7-8 Conference USA) won the opener 3-2 in 11 innings, reversing the result of Friday night's opener. Marshall won that game 4-3 in 11 innings, with Isaac Ballou supplying the game-winning hit.
In the opener Saturday, it was Richard Carthon, singling up the middle with two outs. MU ace Aaron Blair took a shutout into the ninth inning, but he gave up two run-scoring singles that tied the game.
In the nightcap, Herd starter Michael Taylor left after 61/3 innings with a 2-1 lead, but reliever Alex Thackston promptly committed a throwing error that tied the game. Kolin Stanley relieved Thackston, and he immediately gave up two runs, courtesy of a throwing error by right fielder Gray Stafford. Tulane scored two runs against Stanley in the eighth and tacked on one in the ninth.
Marshall (16-26, 5-10) plays Morehead State in Beckley on Tuesday, travels to Chillicothe, Ohio, to play Eastern Kentucky Wednesday and travels to Memphis next weekend. Tulane improved to 22-22 overall, 7-8 in C-USA.
VAD DEADLINE NEARS: The deadline to order tickets for the 67th Victory Awards Dinner is Monday. The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, takes place May 5 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.
Tickets, priced at $20 each, are available from sports departments of member daily newspapers, including the Gazette (304-348-1740) and Daily Mail. Everyone attending the banquet must have a ticket, including the honorees.
SECTIONAL SCHEDULES NEEDED: Area baseball coaches or athletic directors are urged to send their upcoming sectional schedules to the Gazette when they are finalized.
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