BOONVILLE -- The Marshall baseball team came back from a two-run deficit Thursday at Harley Park to sweep the NCMC season series with Boonville, 8-7.
The Owls opened the contest with a three-run first inning, senior Tyler Hunt stroking a double to plate two runs and jogging home on a bases-loaded walk.
The Pirates answered with two runs in their half of the frame, which began with three straight singles from sophomore Jacob Francis, junior Kelsey Callaway and junior Jalen Poindexter. Although Callaway was thrown out at the plate by senior Aaron Skinner trying to score a second run on Poindexter's hit, a passed ball let Poindexter cross.
Poindexter singled home another run in the third, Boonville going in front on an errant pick-off throw to third base.
Junior Zach Bishop doubled and a passed ball allowed senior courtesy runner Sebastian Sims to score the tying run in the Marshall fourth, but sophomore Keaton Barnes' two-run homer in the bottom of the inning put the Pirates up, 6-4. Through four stanzas, the Owls had stranded eight runners on base, but that quickly changed.
Skinner walked to lead off the fifth, but two outs later had gone no further than second base. Junior Henry Tietz singled him home and was on board when Bishop smashed a two-run shot to put the Owls in front.
Hunt singled and scored on Skinner's single in the sixth, an insurance run which came in handy when Callaway doubled in a run during Boonville's next at-bat.
The Pirates loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on two walks and a hit batter, but couldn't push in the tying run. Senior Jordan Pannell got out of the jam by inducing a fly ball, getting a complete-game victory with 11 strikeouts.
Callaway went three for three at the plate to pace Boonville (7-12, 3-7 NCMC).
Marshall got two hits each from Bishop and Hunt. The Owls (11-5, 6-3) are scheduled to host league rival Moberly today.