By Keith Ritchie
The Colonels sailed to a 10-0 victory over Marshall last Wednesday in Huntington, West Va. The win was the second of the season against the Thundering Herd and marked the first time the Colonels swept Marshall since 2001.Freshman right-hander Anthony Bazzani (2-3) kept the Herd guessing en route to the win. Bazzani went four innings, giving up no runs on two hits.
Marshall had no runners advance past second base.
“It was one of those days where you feel really confident on the mound,” Bazzani said. “The defense came up with plays all day long, making my job easier.”
The Eastern defense committed no errors and turned four double plays in the rout.
The Colonels did not disappoint at the plate, either.
The offense exploded in the top of the second inning, scoring four runs, led by Sophomore shortstop Richie Rodriguez’s two-run double down the left field line. Rodriguez went 2-for-6 with three RBI.
The score was 6-0 heading into the top of the seventh inning, when the Colonels tacked on another three runs on two hits.
With the bases loaded and no outs, junior outfielder Ryan Faidley singled up the middle driving in a run. Faidley finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored.
Marshall pitcher Tyler Gatrell showed difficulty finding the strike zone, walking in two runs in the inning. Gatrell finally got out of the jam by getting Rodriguez to line out to second base, leaving the bases loaded.
The Colonels added another run in the ninth inning to push the lead to ten.
Ten runs proved to be way more than needed for the Colonel pitchers, who collectively gave up only five hits in the game.
“I owe a lot to the offense,” Bazzani said. “When the offense is on fire, you stay calm.