The Marshall baseball team was hoping it could overcome a six-run deficit during the final three innings of a suspended game resumed Tuesday.
Doing so would give the Owls a crack at their first NCMC title since 1999 today when they hosted Kirksville. However, Fulton was able to maintain the advantage it had built April 12 for a 12-6 road win.
The Hornets scored three runs in the first inning on singles by the first four batters -- seniors Jake Abbott and Burke Echelmeier, sophomore Dalton Horstmeier and senior Jake Nickelson.
Marshall got its lone run before rain interrupted the contest during its first turn at the plate, junior Henry Tietz leading off with a single and coming around on junior Zach Bishop's double.
Senior Jake Matthews doubled in a run and came around on junior Randal Cole's single in the third. Two walks, an RBI single by Matthews and a double steal plated a Fulton run in the fourth.
The Hornets added to their 7-1 lead when play resumed Tuesday, Horstmeier's double driving in the last two of three runs in the fifth.
Tietz walked, went to third on sophomore Tyler Cott's single and scored on a passed ball in the Owls' fifth. Fulton added unearned runs during its final two turns to extend the gap to 12-2.
Marshall rallied in the bottom of the seventh -- with a walk, two hit batters, two errors and singles by senior Sebastian Sims and Cott produced four runs.
Horstmeier had three hits and knocked in three runs to lead the Hornets (12-10, 7-5 NCMC) -- who are tied with Marshall and Hannibal for second place in the loss column.
The Owls (12-10, 6-5) close the regular season at home today against Kirksville, which has clinched the league title.