Marshall baseball falls to Binghamton, 3-1
HUNTINGTON — The air was chilly and so was the offense for both Marshall and Binghamton’s baseball teams as they lined it up at George Smailes Field on Friday afternoon.
In the end, Binghamton got a pair of runs in the top of the eighth against the Marshall bullpen to earn a 3-1 win over the Herd in Marshall’s home opener of the 2019 season.
Binghamton’s game-winning rally in the eighth came against Marshall pitcher Patrick Murphy, who came on in the frame to replace Robert Kwiatkwoski.
At that point, Marshall’s pitchers had given up just four hits in the ballgame.
However, the Bearcats were able to find their rhythm against Murphy, collecting three hits in the eighth, including an RBI single from Sean Trenholm, which scored Shane Marshall with what proved to be the game-winning run.
Binghamton (1-5) added an insurance run on an error by Marshall catcher Rey Pastrana that allowed Trenholm to score.
The combination of Trenholm and Marshall was lethal for Binghamton against the Herd on Friday.
Marshall pitchers allowed just seven hits total on the day, but the two Bearcats accounted for six of them with Trenholm and Marshall each going 3-for-4. Trenholm finished with two RBIs.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel with Marshall’s Joshua Shapiro and Binghamton’s Nick Gallagher each averting damage for much of the contest.
Marshall (4-5) took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Zach Inskeep deposited one of few mistakes from Gallagher over the wall to give the Herd a 1-0 lead.
Shapiro would leave with the advantage after going five scoreless innings of three-hit baseball while walking two and striking out four.
However, the bullpen would instantly give up the lead as Binghamton knotted the game in the sixth off an RBI single to left field from Trenholm that scored Anthony Meduri.
Marshall out-hit Binghamton for the contest and had three players with two hits each - Inskeep, Erik Rodriguez and Elvis Peralta.
The two teams return to George Smailes Field at 11 a.m. on Saturday for a doubleheader to end the three-game series.