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ODU Baseball Evens Series with 3-1 win over Marshall

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – A three-run top in the fifth and strong pitching-by Blake Morgan, Ben Moore And Jacob Gomes allowed Old Dominion Baseball to tie the Sun Belt series in Marshall with a 3-1 win over the Thundering Herd on Saturday night.

“The boys worked hard for this victory tonight,” said ODU Head Coach Chris Finwood. “Blake, Ben and Jacob were excellent on the mound and Jake Ticer hit a big home run. At this point in the season it’s more about toughness than anything and we showed some grit tonight to get the win and level the series. Big game tomorrow!”

Marshall jumped to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Cam Harthan led off with a double to right, advanced to third on an Owen Ayers flyout to right, and scored on an AJ Havrilla sacrifice fly to center field.

Morgan settled in from there and retired the side in order in the second and third inning. The Monarchs (20-18, 8-9 Sun Belt) finally broke through in the fifth when Ticer tied the game with a leadoff home run to right, his fourth long ball of the season. However, ODU wasn’t done yet. Kenny Levari reach after a fielding error, Evan Holman a single through the left side, and Rowan Masse executed a sac-bunt to advance the pair. Levari put Old Dominion ahead, 2-1, when he scored on a passed ball, and Holman made it 3-1 after a throwing error by the Marshall catcher on the play.

The Herd (13-25, 6-11) got a chance to answer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Ayers hit a one-out double to the gap in right and advanced to third on a Havrilla flyout up center, but the hosts couldn’t bring him in when Caden Kaiser grounded out to first base. Moore then retired the side in the seventh before giving way to Gomez, who retired six Herd batters to end the game.

Ben Moore (1-0) earned the win after holding the Herd to just one hit and recording two strikeouts in three innings from the pen. Gomez earned his seventh save of the season, giving him the national lead in multi-inning saves alongside Louisiana Tech’s Ethan Bares. Morgan was tagged for one run on two hits and one walk while striking out four in a four-inning start.

Ticer finished the game 1-for-3 with the homerun and a hit by pitch. Levari went 1-for-2, scored a run, walked and also was hit by a pitch. Holman went 1-for-4 with a run, and TJ Aiken And Kyle Edwards both returned 1-of-5 attempts.

Sunday’s rubber match is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jack Cook Field.