Bats Stay Silent In 6-0 Loss To No. 8 Vanderbilt
Freshman Cody Marshall went 4.1 strong innings out of the bullpen in his Dirtbag debut.
Feb. 15, 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Vanderbilt pitching kept the Long Beach State Dirtbags quiet for the second night in a row as the Commodores took game two of the series 6-0 on Saturday in front of 1,572 fans at Blair Field. The bulk of the scoring came in the third inning when Vanderbilt touched up Andrew Rohrbach for five runs.
Cody Marshall entered in the third in a tough spot for his Dirtbag debut and gave the Dirtbags exactly what they needed. He went 4.1 innings, scattered three hits and struck out three while giving up just one run.
Rohrbach's first inning as a Dirtbag couldn't have gone any better. He struck out the first two batters he faced and retired the third on a fly ball to left. The second brought a little trouble with a leadoff double, but he was able to wiggle out of the early jam unscathed.
On the other side of the inning, Vanderbilt's Jared Miller was matching Rohrbach stride for stride. Michael Hill reached on a bunt single in the first but that was all the lefty gave up. He went six strong innings, faced only 19 batters (one above the minimum) and gave up just the one hit in the first section of the combined shutout.
His offense jumped behind him in the third as Vanderbilt sent 10 batters to the plate - five with two outs. Dansby Swanson's double with one out brought in the Commodores first run. After hitting Xavier Turner, Rohrbach produced a fly ball to left field for the second out of the inning. Vanderbilt went to work with two outs and piled on four more runs in the frame.
Vince Conde singled into right center to cash in Swanson. Bryan Reynolds singled in another run, followed by another run-scoring single and another run-scoring double. Marshall closed the door on the rally as he fanned the first batter he faced.
Marshall gave a strong effort in relief. He breezed through the fourth, thanks in part to Eric Hutting cutting down a an attempted steal and breezed through the fifth. He pitched out of a jam in the sixth and pitched well in the seventh. The aggressive baserunning of Turner manufactured a run for Vanderbilt as he broke for home on Conde's groundout.
All the while, Miller simply kept the Dirtbags off the base paths. He retired 14 in a row until Colton Vaughn reached on an error with one out in the sixth but Vaughn was later caught stealing.
Carson Fulmer finished up the game for the Commodores with a three-inning save. He allowed a single to Hill in the seventh and a single to Richard Prigatano in the eighth but nothing came of wither runners for the Dirtbags. Neither Miller nor Fulmer allowed a Dirtbags to advance past second base in the game as they combined for the three-hit shutout.
The series wraps up tomorrow between Vanderbilt and Long Beach State with first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. at Blair Field.
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