Eastern Michigan Baseball was swept in a four-game series against Marshall in Huntington, W. Va. at the Kennedy Center on March 9-10. The series consisted of two doubleheaders, something that the Eagles have struggled with all season. They have not won a double header game yet, losing all nine this year.
Game one of the series saw the Eagles fall 6-1 after a close game for much of the contest. Tied 1-1 at the bottom of the third inning, Marshall scored the go-ahead run off a single by Rey Pastrana that allowed Shane Hannon to score.
Game two saw a similar story play out for the two teams as it was a close game early before Marshall eventually pulled away for an 8-5 victory. Marshall took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the first off an RBI double by Tucker Linder. Marshall would eventually build a 7-2 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning.
Jeff Timko got the Eagles’ offense back on track in the top of the fifth inning with a three-run home run to cut the lead down to 7-5 but it was too little too late as Marshall held onto their lead to outlast Eastern.
Game three saw the Eagles lose 25-3 in a game where nothing went right for Eastern. It was a 1-1 tie heading into the bottom of the third inning before a solo home run by Hanon put Marshall ahead by one run. They would score eight runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and again in the bottom of the sixth inning enroute to the worse loss for the Eagles in two years.
The last time the Eagles had an opponent score more than 20 runs in a game was against Missouri on Feb. 18, 2017 when the Tigers won 27-9.
The finale of the series once again saw a close game slip away from the Eagles as Marshall pulled away for a 10-3 win. A two-run home run by Andrew Zban gave Marshall a 4-2 lead at the end of the fourth inning. The Eagles would answer back in the top of the fifth with an RBI double by Nick Jones, which scored Timko to make it 4-3. Marshall would add three runs in the seventh to put the game out of reach.
Eric Roof and his team were not made available for comment after the games.
The Eagles were supposed to have their first home game of the season on March 12 but inclement weather has forced a change of venue. The game will now be played at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.