Offense Keys Another Rally as Generals Win, 8-7, on Walkoff

For the second straight night, the Generals won in walkoff fashion. Despite a rocky first inning that put them in an early 3-0 hole against the Marshals, the Generals managed to walkoff again at Riverside Park on Friday. With the 8-7 win the team has won 5 of it’s last 6 games since suffering a two-game sweep on the road last weekend in Lafayette.

“(We’re) just doing the little things right, and the game will pay you,” head coach Michael Oros said. “I’m a firm believer of that. I think we’ve been doing those things right, and we’ve been on a good little stretch.”

Generals starter Matthew Swick went five innings in the contest, giving up three earned on six hits while striking out five. All the damage against Swick came in the top of the first, when he put two runners on via a walk and single. Jordan Hollins then blasted a three-run homer near the scoreboard in left-center to give the Marshals an early 3-0 lead, his first of the TCL season.

The Generals started chipping away immediately, however, as Marshals’ starter and UHV pitcher Tanner Knowles gave up a leadoff single that would advance to third base on an errant pickoff attempt. The run would come around to score one batter later when ball four to Mike Williams went back to the backstop for a wild pitch.

In the third, the Generals pulled even after a triple by Luis Vargas plated Reese Johnson, who had singled to lead off the inning. Vargas came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Marshall Skinner two batters later. The Generals would add another in the fifth before a three-run outburst in the sixth pushed their total on the game to 7.