HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C.—Logan Porter delivered a walk-off single in the 9th inning sending the Marlins home a hard-luck loser in a 6-5 loss on Tuesday night. The Marlins rallied late, scoring one in the 7th, 8th and two runs in the 9th inning tying the game, 5-5. But after retiring the first two batters of the frame, Keller Bradford (ULM) walked one, allowed a stolen base to Robbie Thorbun, setting up the game winning base hit, snapping a two-game winning streak for the Marlins.
Entering the 9th trailing 5-3, the Marlins (9-12) scored two in the frame including a game-tying RBI single from Keyshawn D'Orso (Norfolk State), who extended his hitting streak to seven straight games. Luke Bolka (ECU) cut the lead in half with a one-out sacrifice fly, finishing his night with two RBI's on the scorecard following a 1-4 effort.
The Marlins had their work cut out for them, however, as their starting shortstop, and No. 3 hitter in the lineup, Christian Campbell (Rutgers) left in the 1st inning after what is being called a hyperextension of his knee hustling down to first base during his opening at bat. Without Campbell in the lineup, the Marlins shifted D'Orso from the outfield to second base, a position he has not played all year, sliding Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) over to short stop for the rest of the night while bringing Grant Tyndall off the bench to replace the void in the outfield.
In all, the Marlins tied a season-high with six errors on the night, playing their first game at the Holly Springs Athletic Complex in club history. Holly Springs took full advantage of those mistakes scoring two unearned runs against Marlins' starter Kurt Lipscomb (Faulkner), who lasted five innings in his third start of the season, allowed four runs on five hits, striking out five.
The Marlins jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI sacrifice fly from Bolka, but the Salamanders quickly responded with three of their own in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Not only was the defense less than ideal, the Salamanders ran all over the bases after being picked off twice on Monday night. Facing the Salamanders for the second-straight night, Holly Springs had much more success against the Marlins starting battery finishing the night with five stolen bases.
Daniel McCrary (North Georgia) pitched 2.1 innings of relief, briding the gap from starter to closer, allowing one run on three hits. Tuesday night's loss was the first walk-off loss this season, dropping to 1-1 against Holly Springs in their final meeting of the Coastal Plain League First Half. For the second time this season, Stephen Wallace (Mt. Olive) scored three times in a game. Grant Tyndall, who came in as a defensive replacement in the first, finished 2-4 on the night with a run scored. Hitting out the leadoff spot, Matt Collins (Texas A&M) finished 3-5 with a clutch RBI for the Marlins.
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