Taylor struck out two of the first five UAB batters before the next three singled to make it 1-0 in that second inning. A fielding error made it 2-0, and Adam Lau's two-run single made it 4-0. A Ryan Prinzing sacrifice fly accounted for the fifth run.
UAB scored an unearned run in the third on an error, walk and two sacrifice bunts, the second a Wes Kent squeeze that caught the Herd by surprise. Taylor threw solid fourth and fifth innings.
"I thought he made some pitches that could have gone his way and didn't go his way," Waggoner said. "His pitch count got up and he couldn't locate his off-speed pitches, and obviously you can't do that no matter how hard you throw. And he threw hard, but he's got to throw his secondary [pitches] for strikes or guys are going to take good swings on his fastball. He's not putting anybody away."
For the first six innings, it looked as if the Herd was going to bail out Taylor. Marshall scored twice in the second to make it 5-3 and got an Andrew Dundon single in the fifth that made it 6-4. In the sixth, the Herd had runners on second and third with one out, and the bases loaded with two outs.
But Dundon looked at strike three, ending the last threat. The Herd's bullpen was roughed up for six runs in the final three innings.
Marshall won the first game 3-1 with ace Aaron Blair (4-1) getting the win. He wasn't nearly as effective as he was 11 days earlier when he threw six hitless innings against West Virginia, but he escaped several jams. Ryan Hopkins pitched the final three innings, retiring all nine for his second save.
The Herd used an error and a sacrifice fly in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead, then got an RBI pinch-single from Alfredo Brito in the seventh for insurance.
Marshall has a big week ahead, playing at WVU at 6 p.m. Tuesday, then traveling to Eastern Kentucky for a 3 p.m. game Wednesday. The Herd returns to Appalachian Power Park next weekend for a series against Houston, one of two C-USA teams currently ranked.
With the West Virginia Power in town, MU's start times will be 2:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. Sunday.
Reach Doug Smock at 304-348-5130 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com or at twitter.com/dougsmock.